After earning her fine arts degree in painting, Susan Hostetler added hand papermaking as a skill with awards from the Russell Siebert and Tiffany Foundations to study with Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Indiana, where she made custom papers for artists such as Rauschenberg, Warhol and Jasper Johns.
Overseas travel led to Hostetler setting up a hand papermaking mill in Friedberg, Germany in 1985. Her work in Germany led to exhibitions at the Gutenberg and Klingspor Museums. Her studio in Barcelona was a base for intensive image collection in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean regions. Whether working in gouache and mixed media on handmade paper or clay sculpture, Hostetler has always been inspired by nature. From her New York City studio Hostetler traveled to Africa and the South Pacific.