Susan Kelly vonMedicus was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was educated at the following institutions:

Mater Misericordia Academy
The Baldwin School
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Prosopon School of Iconology

At the Prosopon School of Iconology, Susan studied the traditional discipline of iconography under master iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. She currently coordinates and teaches beginning students for the Philadelphia Iconography Workshop of the Prosopon School. Susan's work is in public and private collections internationally and she accepts commissions, exhibits, and lectures.

In 2000, a book of her illuminations, Letters from Heaven, an Illuminated Alphabet was published by Conciliar Press of Ben Lomond, California. Susan has reviewed books for Living Church magazine and made commissioned artwork for two musical recordings.

Married and the mother of three sons, she lives and works in the Philadelphia area creating artwork and keeping a garden, chickens and bees.