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 New York City 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. 


Exhibits and Awards: Susan was accepted at the 123rd Annual Open Exhibition at the National Art Club on Gramercy Park, NYC, through the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and was the recipient of their highest watercolor honor: The Edgar A. Whitney Memorial 2020 Prize. She was accepted at the Salmagundi Art Club of New York City juried 2019 annual open painting and sculpture exhibit. She won two first prizes in watercolor and mixed media at the Wallisch Homestead Annual Art Show, and exhibited in 2020 with the National Association of Women Artists in midtown Manhattan. 


Susan has participated in many art members' annual exhibits as well as juried gallery exhibits in New York including in Nyack, Piermont, West Nyack, Garnerville, and also West Milford, Mahwah, and Hawthorne in New Jersey. 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 California, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York. Susan has taught beginner watercolor classes for adults and holds plein air group painting sessions at her home.


Influences: Susan studied with 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, and countless workshops with talented instructors and painters through the years. 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 the National Association of Women Artists, and an artist member at Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) benefitting from enlightened Eleanor Grace Miller’s instruction and a long-time artist participant of ROCA's life model studies and also Nyack Center group life model sessions. 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