About Ladybug Art Studio & Susan Mae Hull 


  • AirSpace Lounge / Terminal 2 - San Diego International Airpost

  •  Cinepolis Theatre in Del Mar

  • Studio 23 / Spanish Village in Balboa Park

  • University of San Diego

 Ladybug Art & Calligraphy Studio was established in July of 1975 by Susan Mae Hull. Ladybug Art Studio first opened a retail studio Clairemont Square Shopping Center in 1982 and eventually moved to Kensington, an historic neighborhood of San Diego in 1985. Ladybug Art Center displayed the work of dozens of local professional artists, including her own. In May of 2017, Hull closed the retail space and shifted to offering art classes from her home studio.  


Susan Mae Hull is a 4th generation San Diego native, born January 5, 1946. Susan entered the professional art industry as a Drafting Technician for the County of San Diego  from 1972 to 1974. Later, while in charge of Ladybug, she controlled all aspects of daily operations, including personnel, advertising, public relations, scheduling, management of facilities & utilities & all the “ten thousand things” entailed in running one’s own business. As a top calligraphist, Hull has lettered projects for sports teams,  corporations, private individuals, Universities and pre-schools. When the Old Globe Theatre suffered a devastating fire, Hull was chosen to letter the invitations for the opening of the new theatre.  She Created the Memorial Plaques for the lobby of the new building, and also lettered two books for Queen Elizabeth of England as part of that celebration.  

Hull is the primary calligraphist for the University of San Diego creating dozens of framed presentations which hang in multiple buildings on the University campus.


Susan also continues to paint commission pieces for clients & participate in exhibits through the art organizations to which she belongs. Susan has also earned many distinctions including: 

Susan Mae Hull's Awards

"Yosemite Falls in Winter" at Yosemite Renaissance - Honorable Mention

"Window of the Soul" at San Diego Watercolor Society International Show - Honorable Mention

"Yosemite Deer"  at Wild Life Show - Juror’s Award

San Diego County Fair -(painting) Numerous Awards over several years

San Diego County Fair (photography) nature/black & white - third place

"Bully" - Margaret Larlham Award

Susan Mae Hull's Memberships

Association of Fine Artists

Patel Society of San Diego

National Pastel association

Plein Air Artist Association    

San Diego Watercolor Society

Southwestern Artists’Association

Fellow Calligraphers

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

San Diego Museum of Art Artists’ Guild - Board of Directors -Member-at-Large

San Diego Bonsai Society

Clairemont Square Merchants’ Association - President / Publicity Chair / Hospitality Chair


Susan Mae Hull's Ongoing & Previous Exhibits

University of San Diego - Memorial Scrolls

AirLounge - San diego International Airport Terminal 2 -Standing Watercolor Exhibit

Gallery 23 Spanish Village / Balboa Park -Featured Artist

Yosemite Renaissance XXII & XXIII



Associate of Arts Degree in Art - Specialization in Painting with Honors