Suzanne and the pilot, Vietnam veteran Carl Carsen, both from Avoca Beach, died when the plane nose-dived into the Tuggerah Lake at Long Jetty early on Wednesday morning.
As the aircraft flew over Tuggerah Lake, its motor spluttered and it crashed into three metres of water killing both people instantly. A coronial inquiry will determine the cause of the crash.
Tributes have flowed for Suzanne, who was one of Australia’s best known community artists.
"She did the first big mosaic at Bondi Beach, which is there on the wall facing the ocean," Ms Angelo said.
"All the way up the east coast of Australia, she was working on public art anywhere you'd go.
"Where tourists would go, near the ocean, Suzanne was called in to design and make those towns into something really special."
Responding to a visitor’s comment, two years ago Suzanne said of her famous mural on Bondi Beach: “I am the artist commissioned to make this mural. My name is on the plaque at the end. It took one year to produce with approximately 500 volunteers and I was only paid for six months work. This is the largest community mural in the world. It’s suffering the salt air and wave action and many of the glazes have disappeared on it but I am glad you all like it.”
Community artists never attract the great financial rewards the art world has to offer, and Suzanne was no exception.
But the rewards she sought, in sharing her art with the community, lay in the beauty she created being able to connect with the public consciousness.
In 1990, Suzanne developed a unique technique of combining glass with terrazzo and brass. One of her first murals using this method is the central motif for the Castlereagh Street entrance hall of Sydney’s Skygarden building.
Her serene mosaic works radiate joy and the pleasure to be derived from nature.
Suzanne is sorely missed; but, through her art, we’re fortunate to retain her love of life.