Hiu Lai Chong

Award-Winning Plein Air Painter

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Hiu Lai Chong

Lunch at
City Dock



Lotus in Bloom


20 x 10


At Yosemite


12 x 9


Sunset Race

11 x 14



Hiu Lai Chong Biography

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, a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and Oil Painters of America. 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). Hiu Lai is included in the historic book by Gary Pendleton “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic” published in 2014.
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.

Ready to Launch


20 x 16


The Schooner Woodwind


24 x 30


Spring Thaw

Oil 12 x 16

Hiu Lai Chong

Key Bridge Boathouse


12 x 14


Hiu Lai Chong ~ Selected Awards & Exhibitions

2016 First Place Award,  Bucks County Plein Air Festival Quick Draw, Newtown, PA
2016 Certificate of Excellence, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
2016 California Art Club 105rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibit, Autry Museum of Amer. West, CA
2015 Best in Show, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Lahaina, Maui HI
        -Awarded by Jean Stern
2015 Best Nocturne Award, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
       -Awarded by David Brenneman, Anne Blair Brown & Steve Doherty
2014 First Place Award, Artistic Excellence Art Competition, Southwest Art Magazine
2014 Solo Show, Memorable Moments, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2014 California Art Club 103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry National Center
2013 The Padma Group Award, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Beach CA
2013 Best Figure in the Landscape, October/November, Plein Air Salon
2012 Grand Prize and Artist's Choice Awards, Plein Air Easton
2012 Best in Show, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland, MD
2011 First Place, Washington Society of Landscape Painters
2011 People's Choice, Paint Annapolis, Annapolis MD
2011 Third Place, Quick Draw, North Bennington Plein Air Competition, VT
2011 Third Place, Quick Draw, Plein Air Easton, Easton MD, 2011
2011 First Place, Paint It, Ellicott City MD
2011 Grand Prize, Easels in Frederick, Frederick MD
2011 - First Place, Quick Draw, Cranford Plein Air, Cranford NJ
2011 Best in Show-Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland MD
2010 First Place -Washington Society of Landscape Painters 97th Annual Awards Show
2010 Best in Show - Annual Paint Annapolis Show, Annapolis, MD
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 Riverbend Plein Air - Great Falls, VA 2nd Place Award
2008 Best Maryland Artist, Plein Air Easton , Easton, MD



30 x 40

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