An accomplished artist, Suzanne O'Neal was born into a fifth generation Sacramento family. She has been painting since early childhood and has a heritage of many artists in her family. She attended San Jose State University and Sacramento State University, where she formalized her study of art. Suzanne was also fortunate to have classes under the direction of Wayne Thiebaud at Sacramento City College. She has furthered her studies under such masters as Pamela Glover and John Haley. In the seventies Suzanne taught painting in San Francisco and Oakland, California.
The French countryside strongly influences Suzanne's work. She and her husband, Ray, frequent the South of France, where Suzanne often paints. Her favorite studio was an ancient wine storage grange in the Provence area, where she was captivated by the colors and light of the South of France. O'Neal's paintings are known for her use of color and impressionistic style. Although still life and floral paintings are predominant in Suzanne's work, she often chooses figurative subjects with a touchingly human appeal.
Suzanne and Ray are the owners of Lyonshead Art Gallery in Carmel Valley, California. Lyonshead has become a gathering place for locals and visiting artists. O'Neal's paintings adorn private homes and corporate offices around the world. With her own artistic accomplishments, combined with her commitment to promote talented artists, Suzanne has distinguished herself in the world of art.