I had been an admirer of Susan for years. Her “Curvy Ladies” paintings appealed to me from the beginning. I had seen several other paintings with the same theme from other painters, but they didn't match Susan's works. It was therefore a well-considered choice for us to commission a painting in which our lives are intertwined. We visited Susan's studio, with our dachshunds Jip and Jan, and put our wishes to her. I had every confidence in it right away! A few days later we already received a few sketches from her, from which we chose one to work out. In the meantime, we were kept informed of the progress and were able to pass on adjustments. We gave Susan all the freedom to express her creativity, nothing was too crazy for us! Since yesterday (October '22) the painting has been hanging on our wall, in the place where a large mirror hung for 14 years, and it is as if the painting just belongs there! It's very present, but the room can definitely take it! I keep looking at it! It turned out so beautiful! The looks of our dachshunds are so well caught!! One serious and the other a bit of vice! Exactly as they are! The painting makes the whole room, which was already colorful anyway, very sparkling! And that was just the point!