su schnee


Su Schnee whose art name is suschnee, pronounced su-sheh-nay - aka Susu,
was born in 1959.

She grew up, and attended art school in Vancouver, B.C.

Su co-founded Oboro, an artist center in Montreal, where she was Artistic Director
for more than 30 years.

She currently lives and works in Vancouver and Montreal.

Diamond in the Rose

Each individual rose is produced over months of painting or drawing while absorbed in an ancient meditation on compassion called Tonglen which is known as "Diamond in the Rose."

Through the practice of Diamond in the Rose, the brush stroke and pencil line become infused with the practice of meditation resulting in a continuing body of artwork that offers peace and well-being to the world.


Passage is a body of artworks depicting the view of a sea passage through a body of water between mountains.

The landscape paintings are a metaphor that speaks about the passage of life, a passage awakening an awareness that results in genuine compassion.


Ensō is a circle that is hand-drawn. The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the awareness of potential.

The ensō artworks are created posthumously by suschnee in honour of her beloved partner, the artist Daniel Dion.
To know more about Daniel, please see : Daniel Dion

Su on her meditation practice

I was fortunate to discover meditation practice at an early age.
I found a book in the library on the subject of yoga which had a section about meditation.

I discovered that sitting meditation, with the focus on my breath for a few minutes a day was soothing and helped me to feel balanced.

Later I discovered a book about Buddhism, being drawn to the tranquil image of the Buddha
on the front cover.

Thus began my journey into a life dedicated to the art of meditation which I have been cultivating
now, for almost 50 years.

I love the state of inner peace and calm clear mind that meditation gives and this is the state in
which I engage in my art practice.

I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.