Born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1960. Grew up in the Woodstock and the Rhinebeck, New York areas in the sixties and seventies and lived in Ossining, New York until moving to Phoenix in 1991. Her father is a sculptor. Her mother writes poetry. Her brother John is a talented cartoonist. Her brother Robert is an accomplished potter.
Conti received her BFA in printmaking from SUNY Purchase, New York. Graduate work at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, where she has also taught Continuing Ed courses. For a time, while an undergraduate, she was a makeup assistant at the New York City Opera.
Seven years of work under the guidance of the South American woodcut artist Antonio Frasconi, monoprintmaker Mauricio Lasanski, lithographer Murray Zimiles and master etcher Rimer Cardillo did much to extend her vision and influence her work.
Susan has traveled extensively in and around the art worlds of Europe, particularly in England and France. She also loves sailing, beginning on the Hudson River in her highschool years, and continuing with a summer sojourn with Pete Seeger aboard the environmental sloop Clearwater, sailing off the Isle a Moines with friends from Brittany and, quite recently, on Puget Sound with friends from Seattle. Her love of the water extends to white-water rafting, and she has tackled most of the major rivers of the Western United States, including the infamous Snake and Rogue Rivers.