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Suzanne Baker

Birth place or City of origin: Los Angeles
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Three Rivers
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1939
Death/End date:

The life and places Suzanne Baker paints are the life and places she has lived since early childhood, when her family located in the Sierra community of Three Rivers, California, just outside Sequoia National Park.

The cattle ranchers, horse packers, mountaineers and artists that composed the scant population of steep, high, foothill country were a fascination to her. The stories from the packers and mountaineers of such places as Black Rock Pass, Tyndall Creek, Forrester Pass and other scores of places, plus their tales of adventures, created a life long pursuit of this Sierra back country.

Suzanne’s artist-mother encouraged her children to draw and paint: and this popular family activity often included other artists of their community as well.

Suzanne spent many years on horseback riding the high, steep mountains surrounding her home and as a teenager worked as a packer and a guide in the park. It was natural for her to study animal science at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, and there she met her husband Gordon.

The Baker family has always lived in the ranch country of Nevada and California, where they raised their three children, Brett, Hoss and Jenny.

Suzanne’s art training has come from numerous college art courses and years of independent study.

Biography from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame


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