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.