“All my family are artists.” Susan Ryder was born in 1973 in Alice Springs Hospital. She grew up in Santa Teresa, a remote Aboriginal community 85 kilometres from Alice Springs, until she was about 16 years old. Her family then moved to Alice Springs, where she stayed for many years. She was inspired to learn painting by watching her auntie and several cousins painting in many styles including European style landscapes, bush foods, and traditional dot painting. She prefers to experiment with a combination of dot painting and brush strokes to create her own patterns, and sometimes chooses to incorporate bush foods into these designs. She moved to Nyirripi in 2014 to be with her partner and continue raising their children. She has four children and two grandchildren. As well as painting, she works for the Batchelor Institute in Nyirripi.