Over the years, Hsu’s work has been included in
exhibits at local libraries and galleries. She’s had numerous entries
in the Shaker Heights Public Library’s annual Barbara Luton Art Competition,
receiving Honorable Mention and Best of Show awards.
In 2008, a creative
community of Taiwanese
artists living in Northeast
Ohio formed a non-profit
called Evergreen Artists.
The group holds general
gatherings, and seasonal
art shows. It was during
one of the workshops that
Hsu became fascinated
with watercolor painting.
After retiring from
Cleveland Clinic, Hsu
began to delve into
watercolor art, and
although her training was
mostly through selfstudy,
she did take a few
instructional courses. The
biggest revelation of creating watercolors was learning “how to let water
be a part of my creativity. In watercolor paintings, I learn to capture the
beauty of nature through its variations of light and shadow, its contrast of
colors. The wonderful thing about art is that it opens up one’s mind to be
able to observe surroundings in greater detail and appreciate nature more.
Nothing happens by accident; everything has its order.
Conveying the simple message of peace and harmony
is what inspires my art,” she says.
Last year, Hsu was one of 16 artists selected to have their work
displayed in a Cleveland Hopkins Airport exhibit entitled “Extraordinary
Skills.” This is the third airport exhibition to include Hsu’s work.
While exposure is every artist’s goal, it can also serve as a confidence
booster. Hsu says living in Shaker has greatly influenced her creative skills
and growth as an artist.
“Not only is Shaker a beautiful city in which to live, it’s very upscale
and the school is excellent. My two boys graduated from Shaker High
School. Were it not for Shaker, we probably would not have moved to the
Northeast Ohio area. People here are friendly and open-minded. They
accept and value us as we are, and they understand and appreciate my
artwork, too.” SL