The Palo Verde Artists have named Loretta Hostettler its February artist of the month.
Ms. Hostettler is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She began her adult life as a soldier in the United States Army, then moved on to civilian life where she earned an AAS degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Ms. Hostettler took an introductory colored pencil class at a community center, later taking sculpting classes at Phoenix college and digital art, photoshop and Illustrator classes at Glendale Community college. At this point, she ventured into and focused totally on photography for about 15 years. Her photos can be found at istockphoto.com/photos/lokibaho.
Ms. Hostettler became more serious about fine art around 2014, when she decided to learn watercolor. During that time, she and her husband moved to Sun City where she joined and took classes at the Palo Verde Artists club in the Sundial Recreation Center.
Since then, she has gotten back into colored pencil work and loves both mediums equally, particularly the way colored pencil work lends itself to more detailed work while watercolor allows realistic work and can be impressionistic.
In the past six years, Ms. Hostettler has received three People’s Choice Awards for portraits, her latest one being a portrait of her father titled “Dad.” She has also sold numerous paintings through the Sun City Art Shows. She is involved in several online groups, including the Color Pencil Society of America (CPSA) district chapter groups from Arizona, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Memphis, Tennessee. She also has a once-a-month online colored pencil meeting with the Palo Verde Artist Zoom meetings.
Ms. Hostettler’s advice to all budding artists is “don’t give up.”
“I once thought I was ‘not good enough,’ but eventually, the artist in me came out in full force,” she said. “Even if you are not the most talented artist on the block, art is still an incredible medium to express the inner part of yourself that people might never otherwise have the opportunity to see and enjoy.”
View Ms. Hostettler’s work at paloverdeartists.com on the Artist of the Month Page (the Artist of the Month art is usually in a showcase at the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103 Ave.). Membership in Palo Verde Artists is $10 per year and is open to RCSC cardholders only.