Suzanne Chonette was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After moving to the United States, she attended Simmons College and the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Marriage intervened and after an hiatus as wife and mother of five children, she returned to academic studies when her youngest began high school. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Southern California, renamed Laguna College of Art and Design, in 1990. Suzanneʼs representational works are primarily in pastel and oil. She has been an active participant in Orange County philanthropies for the past 40 years holding many offices and chairs. As a former oboe player, Suzanne has a great love of symphonic music. She has been a Pacific Symphony Board member for the past 12 years and is currently a Life Board member. Suzanneʼs current priorities include the support of performing and visual arts education for the youth of our community.