Susan Lais Hostetler
Susan Lais Hostetler is an award-winning watercolorist who also has a knack for pen & ink. Her style is loose and fresh in her figure studies and fast-sketch art, and lovely in her landscapes and vintage barns—the latter often plein-air paintings. A resident of New York City for many years and long-resident of Hudson Valley, NY, and a frequent visitor to North Carolina's Albemarle region, she is often inspired by light and shapes during hikes along the Hudson River and local and upstate NYS Parks, and east coast watersides from Maine to Florida.
Watercolor paints and pens and ink are the tools to which I’ve always gravitated. I discovered a dark lovely bottle of ink and a nib pen when I was young, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Watercolors I picked up because they went with ink it seemed to me. I’ve been carrying around little watercolor sets since I was a child, and although as an adult I know that watercolors are hard, fast, and difficult to control, I nearly always find the colors pleasing, even if I think I’ve botched them.