Passionate freelance photographer, graphic designer, and fine artist in the Erie PA region.
Susie Hosterman is a professional and passionate freelance photographer living in the Erie area. She most recently worked as a Branding Specialist and Commercial Photographer for weCreate Website Design and Marketing, and in the past has interned for the Erie Art Museum and Jennifer Dworek Photography. Her photography has been published nationally, including in Photography Forum’s 28th, 30th, and 32nd Annual College Photography Contest, and the cover of “Spring Melt” (A poetry book) as well as local publications such as Edinboro University’s SilverVision.
Education and History
Multi-passionate creative since pre-school.
Despite studying Graphic Design at Edinboro University, Susie excelled and received state-wide and national attention for her dynamic and impactful photography portraits and nature photography. Her decision to study graphic design in college was a necessity because Susie knew the degree encompassed many of her artistic interests. A multi-passionate woman, Susie says “Her ‘Art’ is Heart” when describing what she “does” in life, alluding to the fact that she is interested in photography, video, content writing, painting, collages, mixed media and fashion. She gives her whole heart into whatever project she is working on, regardless of the medium.
Entrepreneurial and Spirited
From selling homemade newspapers door to door at age 7, to creating tools to help others overcome anxiety and depression.
Her senior year of college, Susie was granted gallery space in the juried Gmitter Scholarship Exhibition at Edinboro University. She used this opportunity to bring awareness to mental health topics using controversial video, sculpture, book art, and documentary photography. In 2009, she released a documentary titled “Retreat Behind Ribs”, which gathered over 96,000 views on YouTube, and showed a tortured yet honest depiction of the daily life of a recovering anorexic. Her YouTube account went through rebranding in 2013, when Susie decided to use her heavily documented recovery process as proof of personal transformation, developing free self-help material for others who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Her ultimate dream is to empower women and men through her art and show them that expression is the key to personal love and transformation.
Classically Trained Fine Artist
Beyond photography and video, Susie is a classically trained painter with an eye for impactful composition and vibrant colors.
Susie’s favorite fine art mediums include acrylic paint, watercolor, and oil pastels– though she also doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty with a bit of black charcoal every now and then. Despite a natural at depicting realistic figures and still life, Susie prefers allowing herself to “go with the flow” and create abstract expressionistic paintings. She is a current member of the Presque Isle Artist Association (PIAA).
Years of Photography and Video Experience
Years of Design and Marketing Experience
Years of Fine Art and Writing Experience
Music and More
Susie served as Development Director for the Erie Philharmonic Chorus, and is an avid musician who sings and plays ukulele. She enjoys writing her own songs and brainstorming musicals in her spare time. When in doubt, she will offer to create a jingle for any business or event. Susie grew up in a very musical family, where her mother is a pianist and organist, father a retired music professor and jazz musician, and she and her 3 siblings play multiple instruments, sing, and pursue musical performance in their daily lives. Basically, it’s in their blood. She has also acted on stage since the age of 7, highlighting in plays and musicals throughout her career, including “Miracle Worker”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Barefoot in the Park”, and hosted various Talent Shows. She has sung in choirs since the age of 9, consistently until the age of 26, when she decided to pursue more solo musical career as a comedian ukulele player. As a ukulele player and songwriter, Susie goes by the name: A Serious Artist, because she creates funny (and definitely not serious) music to help lift people’s spirits.
Writing songs in her spare time is a great therapeutic and fun outlet for Susie. She goes by the name “A Serious Artist” because she specializes in comedic songs that are anything but serious.
Susie picked up the ukulele after, quote “The guitar was too big and ouchy.” and was told the ukulele would prepare the way for better guitar skillz. Well, she never returned and feel head over heels for her tiny Uke, Luis.
Need a poem read? A voice for your telephone system? Or maybe a voice over for your next commercial? Yep– Susie has experience in those areas. She has been acting since the age of 6 and has been told she “has the voice of an angel.”
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Susie would love to hear from you if you would like to hire her for marketing services, a commission, or other projects. She also enjoys collaborating with like-minded creative individuals.