Susan Kendall Bradford was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Syracuse University. During a year of her undergraduate career, she pursued her studies in Florence, Italy. Fascinated by the Italian culture, Bradford decided to continue her graduate studies through New York University's program in Venice, Italy. It was in Venice that her work began to focus on her interactions with strangers.
As a foreigner in a foreign place she began to develop a respect for what she refers to as "quiet moments". Moments where she would meet eyes with complete strangers and find a shared existence. Moments that would remain stained in her mind. Bradford represents her experiences with a communication extending beyond language. A communication based solely on the gaze.
She decided the way to represent these passing moments and interactions with people, would be best represented by painting them from her memory.
As many artists do, Bradford has a number of ideas and inspirations. Her series on women are a tribute to her own personal life's experiences and her femininity. She tends to use an array of different media when approaching these issues. Bradford uses her knowledge of painting and drawing and builds upon it by experimenting with transfers, dying, resin and embroidery. This enables her to further develop the dense nature of the subject at hand. Her diverse use of materials directly correlates to the complex nature of life affecting the lives of the modern woman. "From the Ashes" is her series representing a lack of control. Subsequently, these images have become Bradford's way to respond to the difficult obstacles in life and all the while allowing her the opportunity to "play" in her studio.
Bradford has exhibited in the U.S. as well as around Italy. Her work resides in private collections around the world. Currently she is living and working in New York City. Her website is www.kendallbradford.com/