Hiu Lai Chong

Award-winning Maryland artist Hiu Lai Chong finds her painting inspiration at local marinas and shorelines along the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. She also loves painting portraits and figures from life and enjoys using vivid colors and sensitive brush strokes to express mood and feeling in her work.

She received her early art training in Hong Kong at the Jockey Club Ti-I College, and earned her AAS degree from Navarro College and BFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued her art education at The Art League in Alexandria and through taking workshops from artists she admires.


She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, amember of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter Association. Her paintings have won awards and been shown in museums around the country including the Academy Art Museum (MD), Coos Art Museum (OR), the Biggs Museum of American Art (DE), the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (MD), and the Buffalo Naval Park Museum (NY).

Influences included: John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt van Rijn, Chao Shao-an, Richard Schmid, David Leffel, and Nelson Shank’s Studio Incamminati. Robert Liberace, Rick Weaver, Danni Dawson, Ted Reed, Sara Poly, Ross Merrill, and Ed Ahlstrom, Sandra Dowd, and Tom Sale.


Selected Awards & Exhibitions

2010 First Place -Washington Society of Landscape Painters 97th Annual Awards Show

2010 Best in Show – Annual Paint Annapolis Show, Annapolis, MD

2010 Honorable Mention – Havre De Grace Plein Air Painting Competition, Maryland

2010 3rd Place Award – North Bennington Plein Air Competition

2010 American Society of Marine Artists exhibitions at: Biggs Museum of American Art,
the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts & the Buffalo Naval Park Museum

2010 Solo show, Spotlight Gallery at VisArts

2009 Plein Air Easton – National Juried Competition, Easton, MD

2009 Paint Annapolis – National Juried Competition, Annapolis, MD
Quick Draw Honorable mention awarded by Jean Brinton Jaecks

2009 Riverbend Plein Air – Great Falls, VA 2nd Place Award by Armand Cabrera

2008 Plein Air Easton – National Juried Competition, Easton, MD
Awarded Best Maryland Artist by Gay Faulkenberry