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Artist Interview: Paula Hodge

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Artist Interview: Paula Hodge

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
I remem­ber Moth­er sit­ting with my sis­ter and I draw­ing paper dolls and their clothes. Moth­er first showed me how to make the folds of my paper dolls skirt look real… from then on I was hooked on try­ing to make every­thing look real.

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I have always done some kind of art. I minored in art in col­lege but only seri­ous­ly began to try to devel­op my skills in 2003.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
I began just paint­ing on my own but quick­ly found I need­ed more direc­tion. I began tak­ing lessons first from Nan­cy Berk­house and after that was lucky enough to study for 4 years under Bruce Peil of Athens where my work improved tremen­dous­ly. I have also tak­en work­shops under Ann Tem­ple­ton, Bob Rohm, Rusty Jones, and Matt Smith.

What is your process like?
My process varies depend­ing on the medi­um I am work­ing with. In gen­er­al when paint­ing a land­scape I try to plan ahead for the best com­po­si­tion for my piece. After that if time per­mits I like to paint a small 8x10 study before I begin on my stu­dio work. I do my oil paint­ings in lay­ers to help give a deep­er and rich­er color.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
I espe­cial­ly enjoy doing me com­mis­sion por­traits … whether they are of a grand­child, grand par­ent, or fam­i­ly pet. I love to see the look of joy on the face of the client when they first see the fin­ished work.

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
I like to choose a can­vas that has enough tooth to show through the lay­ers of paint.

Where do you see your work going from here?
I hope to con­tin­ue to take work­shops and strive to improve my work. I hope to become more well know for my por­traits and to get more por­trait com­mis­sions. I so enjoy doing por­traits of chil­dren and pets. I would also like to devel­op a body of work in both my abstracts and watercolors.

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