Award-winning watercolor painter with a knack for pen & ink, Susan Lais Hostetler is a Hudson Valley and NYC long-time resident. A lifelong painter, she squeezed her creative life around a demanding career in medical education, and then went full-time in 2018.
At the 123rd Annual Open Exhibition at the National Art Club on Gramercy Park, NYC, through the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC), Susan was a recipient of their highest watercolor honor: The Edgar A. Whitney Memorial 2020 Prize. Juried into CLWAC’s 1st Associates Online Show of 2020, she was also accepted at the NYC Salmagundi Art Club juried 2019 Annual Open Painting exhibit. Winner of 2 first prizes in watercolor & mixed media at the Wallisch Homestead Annual Art Show, Susan was also juried into lifelong membership to the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in 2021.
Susan has taught beginner watercolor classes for adults, holds plein air group painting sessions, sometimes with a model, and has published an article on a painting during a pandemic in the Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Today (article and images link is on her website, SusanLaisHostetler.com).
This year, Susan studied with master watercolor painter Joseph Zbukvic during a 3-day workshop at the San Diego Watercolor Society, and an artist workshop with New York painter (and President of the American Watercolor Society), Antonio Masi. She participated in the 11th Annual Art Publishers Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks Week 2022. She has studied with painter & inspiring instructor Carolyn Pedersen, NWS, participated in life model sessions at Art Student League, NYC, and drawing at 92Y Art Center, and numerous workshops and art conferences with nationally renowned watercolor instructors through the years. Her paintings and prints can be found in the historic waterfront Edenton, NC gallery, Chowan Arts Council Gallery, and in private collections across the country, especially in California, and New York.
Very recently, Susan was juried into the Summer TriAnnual Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society, and this July was selected as a juried artist of the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2022 partnered with the Wallkill River School of New York, as well as being accepted into the Juried Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s Associates and Members 2022 Show. Her painting “Boscobel Poppies” won the 3rd Place Award in watercolor at the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts at Saint Francis Festival of the Arts, in Ringwood, NJ. Her painting “Stormy Days” will be exhibited at New York City’s Tribeca gallery, One Art Space this Fall.