In New York City, Suzy attended at the Art Student’s League as a teenager and went on to Cooper Union Art School where she studied fine art, including woodcuts and graphics. At Goddard College in Vermont, she finished her degree, B.A. in mythology.
Relocating to San Francisco, she became connected with the Asian community. She continued to write and illustrate her ideas and her two books, How the Rooster Got His Crown (1969), and A is for Africa (1972), were published with the San Francisco Art Commission, while finishing her first graduate degree, in Education at San Francisco State University.