Born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory in 1979, Susan spent her early years in Western Australian community of Irrunytju (also known as Wingellina), travelling around with her parents, from whom she learnt about her Ngaanyatjarra/Pitjantjatjara culture, heritage and language. Given the location of Irrunytju at the border of the two cultural groups, Susan speaks both Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara languages.
Susan later went to school 200 km away in Docker River, Northern Territory, where she learnt her third language, English. Once completing her formal schooling, she returned to Wingellina to raise her son and daughter.
Susan learnt to make Tjanpi baskets from her aunt Linda Eddy, as well as attending a Masterclass in 2016 in Irrunytju. Since beginning, Susan has primarily used traditional Tjanpi materials, including wool, raffia and Minarri grass.