The first third of Susi's life was spent as a professional jazz vocalist & fashion model, touring the country; after the births of her first 3 children, they toured with her until the oldest became school age, then she limited performance regionally to New England. Realizing she'd be raising her children alone after a divorce, Susi enrolled in Nursing College and became an RN, working in that profession for over 23 years until she retired. After her retirement she found a new passion, Painting, and began voraciously studying everything related to painting she could lay hands on.
Since that time, Susi has gone on to win three international awards for her work; her work now hangs in four countries as well as a museum in Durango, Mexico. She was selected to contribute work to the popular TV show 'Extreme MakeOver:Home Edition' for their Warwick, RI project, and has been the subject of many New England regional newspaper & magazine articles as well as cable TV show appearances. Her work is featured annually on RI's PBS TV Art Auction; she won 'Most Inspirational Woman' award from her appearance on the cable TV show 'Tea With Marie' and contributes artwork to multiple charities yearly. She exhibits both locally and regionally and sells her one-of-a-kind Fine Jewelry in a Wickford, RI boutique. Giving discarded objects ( such as blocks of wood from construction sites, old wooden windows, tin ceiling tiles etc) new life as artwork is an Art sub-specialty Ms. Franco particularly enjoys & commits significant time to.