Susan Chase was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1868. She began her art studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. She continued studies under William Holmes, Henry B. Snell, William Lester Stevens and George Pearse Ennis. Additional instruction was received from two well-known Washington artists, E. C. Messer and Bertha Perrie and at dhe Chester Springs Summer School.
She was very active in the Washington arts community and was a member of the Art Club of Washington, Washington Water Color Club and the Society of Washington Artists. She was also a member of the American Water Color Society. During her professional career she taught at the Anne Abbott School of Fine and Applied Art, Washington, DC.
Known for her work in water color she exhibited extensively with the organizations of which she was a member. She was awarded The Water Color Medal of the Corcoran School of Art in 1917 and received Honorable Mendon at the Woman's National Exhibition held in St. Louis.
The Washington Arts Club featured her works on many occasions. An article in the March 1, 1925 edition of the Washington Star describes one of these shows, "The exhibition at the Arts Club of paintings by Susan B. Chase has a distinctly local flavor, inasmuch as it consists exclusively of views "round about Washington. " The 41 exhibits, all of which are water colors, were painted in or near Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria and will come to have historic as well as artistic value.
The review continues, "What she has chosen to interpret are the picturesque, out of the way places the little house on M Street, one time Washington's headquarters and where L'Enfant is said to have stayed, the K Street Market, the Georgetown Canal, quaint old buildings here and there which give homey flavor to the city. lt is, those who can discover beauty in the commonplace and make it patent to all that in the field of art are really serving their generation".
Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries, www.antiquesandfineart.com/roughton