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 & fast-sketch art, and lovely in her landscapes and vintage barns—the latter often plein-air paintings. 


Resident of NYC for many years and long-resident of Hudson Valley, NY, and frequent visitor to North Carolina's Albemarle region, she is often inspired by light and shapes during hikes along the Hudson River and in the fields of upstate mountains, and east coast watersides from Maine to Florida. 


A medical education executive for a long career, Susan did her best to keep squeezing in time for creating her art. How many times did she draw her colleagues across the conference table during meetings in mild frustration? Countless. 


Influences: she is quick to give nods of appreciation to painter & inspiring instructor Carolyn Pedersen, NWS, and watercolorist Adrian Clive Holmes (Richmond/West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild), and life model sessions at Art Student League, NYC, and drawing studies at 92Y Art Center. She is a member of numerous art associations including the Edward Hopper Art House and the Community Arts Association (CAA), and an associate artists member of the Audubon Artists, NYC, and an artist member at Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) benefitting from enlightened Eleanor Grace Miller’s instruction (and is especially appreciative of ROCA’s life model sessions.)


Susan was accepted at the Salmagundi Art Club of New York City juried 2019 annual open painting and sculpture exhibit. Susan has participated in many art member’s annual exhibits as well as juried gallery exhibits in New York including in Nyack, Piermont, West Nyack, Garnerville, as well as West Milford, Mahwah, and Hawthorne in New Jersey, and her paintings are in private collections across the country, especially California, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Susan has taught beginner watercolor classes for adults and in recent years has held plein air painting sessions at her home. Her art instagram account can be found @SusanLaisHostetler  

 “Watercolor paints and pen 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 it.”  

–Susan Lais Hostetler