Working in several mediums, Susan Hedstrand creates aesthetic pieces of art depicting our natural landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Her intaglio etchings, watercolors, and pastels are recognized for their detailed realism.

Sketching her cow pony from life as a child, she developed an eye for equine conformation. Susan is known for her detailed and lifelike equine portraits - radiating the spirit and individuality of the animal. Many years' experience in pencil developed a strong sense of tonality and proportion, making etching a natural transition. Susan is dedicated to creating handmade etchings which are highly valued as original pieces of art. In order to assure the meticulous quality of each finished etching, Susan does her own printing and handcoloring.

A love of the West, wilderness and animals infuses her art. Through extensive travel, Susan meticulously collects reference material for future pieces of art. Past research trips have included Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons, Glacier National Park, Mt. Rainier, Mesa Verde and Bandolier Indian ruins, the Olympic Mountains, and Florida's ecosystems. Reflecting Susan's deep connection with the wilderness, her art is a constant reminder of our treasured natural world.

"Capturing the essence and beauty of nature, whether an alpine stream or a vibrant horse is my highest goal. To have my art embody this feeling is my constant vision."


Latigo & Lace, Augusta, MT
Hines Goldsmiths, Jackson, WY
The Missoula Artists Shop, Missoula, MT
Winthrop Gallery, Winthrop, WA
Misty Mountain Furniture, Sandpoint, ID
Bear's Den, Helena, MT

Exhibits: (Selected list)
Waterworks Art Museum 45th Annual Art Auction and Exhibit, Miles City, MT 2020-2022
Plein Air Glacier 2020, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT
Miniature Art Society of Florida International Exhibit, FL 1993-2002, 2004-2008, 2010-2011, 2014-2019
Spokane Watercolor Society, Juried Watermedia Competition, Douglas Gallery, WA, 1998
Sun Valley Arts Festival, ID 1994, 2010, 2021, 2022, 2023
Art in the High Desert, Bend, OR 2009, 2016, 2017, 2019
Art Fair Jackson Hole, WY, 1999-2019
ArtFest, Cheney Cowles Museum/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014
Hockaday Museum of Art - Arts in the Park, Kalispell, MT, 1996-2005, 2009, 2022, 2023
Yellowstone Art Center - Summerfair Art Festival, Billings, MT, 1992, 1994, 1997-1999
Montana Interpretations Juried Art Exhibit, Montana Institute of Arts, MT 1997, 1998
Boise Museum of Art - Art in the Park, ID 1995, 1997
New Mexico Miniature Art Society National Show, Roswell Museum, NM 1997
Salem Art Association - Salem Art Fair, OR 1991, 1996
19th National Print Exhibition, The Print Club of Albany, Schenectady Museum, NY 1995
World Exhibition of Miniature Art, London, England, 1995
Nevada Artists Association International Miniature Show, 1995
Vancouver International Wildlife Art Show, Vancouver, BC, 1994
Realism Up Close, Massey Fine Arts National Exhibition, NM 1993
Museum of Art Las Olas - Las Olas Art Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1993
Winter Park Art Association - Winter Park Art Festival, FL 1991
Florida Printmakers' Society Juried Exhibit, 1988, 1990

Awards: (Selected list)
BEST OF PRINTMAKING, Sun Valley Arts Festival, 2022
First in Printmaking, Miniature Art Society of Florida International Show, 2010
Honorable Mention, Miniature Art Society of Florida International Show, 2004
Award of Merit, Cheney Cowles Art Museum ArtFest, Spokane, WA, 1997
Second Place, Casper Art Guild International Miniature Art Show, WY, 1997
Honorable Mention, Montana Interpretations, Montana Institute of Arts, MT, 1997
Honorable Mention, Nevada Artists' Association International Miniature Show, NV, 1995
Second Overall, Winter Springs Art Festival, FL, 1992
First Place, Graphics, Mandarin Art Festival, FL, 1992
Second Place, Printmaking, Montana Miniature Art Society International Show, MT, 1992

HASTFOCUS (Swedish Equine Magazine), Artist Portrait, January 2006
Morgan Horse Magazine, "Forever Young", illustration, July 2005
Appaloosa Horse Journal, Cover & Feature article, July, 2003
EQUUS, Trends at a Glance, November 2003 (accompanying art)
Western Horseman, Gallery, October 1997, December 1982
Equine Images, Mares & Foals - A Common Bond, April/May 1994
Inside International, IAHA, November/December 1989 (Cover)
Australian Arabian Horse News, March 1987 (Cover)
Arabian Visions, January 1986, 1988 (Covers)
The Carousel Horse, The Equine Artists' Guild, September/October 1986
Arabian Horse World, Arabian Art Today, December 1984-1986

Etchings - Landscape I

Etchings - Landscape II

Etchings - Early West & Native American

Etchings - Wildlife

Etchings - Nature

Etchings - Horses

Paintings - Gallery I

Paintings - Gallery II

Paintings - Gallery III

Archived & Commissions

Etching Process

Galleries & Shows

The Artist



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