Dr Suzanne Moss



Dr Suzanne Moss’s teaching career began as a mentor for painters at The Australian National University School of Art & Design during 2006, the outset of her doctoral research on the painting of light. Over several years, she lectured in painting, drawing and Renaissance art history, with course development in drawing, colour and composition, fundamental to her private programs.

Serious illness intervened, followed by the sudden death of her partner, early 2012. After a long dark night of the soul, Suzanne began an extraordinary journey of discovery. From being artist-in-residence at Hill End, Berkeley and Tuscany, Italy; coach training in Australia and The US where she realised her ‘method’ of nurturing creativity; presenting meditative art courses in Australia, Germany and a retreat in Florence and most recently, pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, and walking in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, and Vanessa Bell at Charleston.

Suzanne has poured years of artistic life experience and considerable training into her distilled offerings – holistic programs for restoring one’s imagination, finding solace through art, becoming a painter with sound skills and confidence, and making homely, artful sanctuaries.

Pivotal influences on Suzanne’s art practice were the generosity and teachings of artist and peace activist Zen Master Kazuaki Tanahashi while she was artist in residence at his Berkeley studio. Conversations with artist-mentors Miriam Louisa Simons and Deborah Barlow have been profoundly influential and affirming for her, as was the Boston MFA’s resonant exhibition of contemplative art – Seeking Stillness.

Held in national and international collections, including The Embassy of Spain, The Australian War Memorial, The Morrissey Collection (University of Wollongong) and Justin Art House Museum, Suzanne’s paintings have been shown in several solo and many curated group exhibitions over the last 20 years. Most recently, her work was shown in The Women’s Abstract Biennial at West End Art Space, Melbourne.



  • The Australian National University Medal in The Honours School of Visual Arts
  • The ANU and Embassy of Spain Torres Emerging Artists’ Travelling Scholarship to Spain
  • Acquisitive Award The Australian War Memorial
  • The ANU Graduate Award
  • Finalist, The Blake Prize
  • The Canberra Arts Patrons’ Organisation Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award
  • First prize Instituto Italiano di Cultura Premio Italia’Award
  • First prize Queanbeyan-Palarang Regional Council Art Prize
  • First prize Acrylics Section Tumut Art Show


  • Doctorate in Visual Art (Painting)
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate (ANU)
  • Journey Accredited Practitioner & Life Coach
  • Visionary Leadership Certificate
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (Level 1) ASACPEV

A selection of exhibitions, articles & citations:


Image credits

Header: Suzanne Moss

Top: ddotbardi

Bottom: Dr Genevieve Swifte