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Artist Information

Name: Paula Hodge
Medium: Oils, Pastel, Watercolor
Style: Abstract, Contemporary, Figurative, Landscape, Realism, Still Life, Wildlife

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full”][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][vc_column width=“2/3”][vc_tta_tabs layout=“trendy” stretch=“1” title_font=“body”][vc_tta_section title=“Artist State­ment” tab_id=“1556914256614–6307e2bb-988af3af-1c52”][vc_column_text]I have enjoyed art all my life. I love both the chal­lenge of rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al art and the free­dom of abstract art. To me there is no big­ger “high” than to see that blank white can­vas become a beau­ti­ful work of art. I enjoy work­ing in oil, water­col­or, acrylics, and pas­tels, find­ing that each has their own mag­ic and beau­ty. I am inter­est­ed in a wide vari­ety of sub­ject mat­ter rang­ing from land­scapes and still life to por­traits and abstracts. I let the sub­ject and mood of the sub­ject dic­tate the style and feel of the paint­ing rang­ing from impres­sion­ism to real­ism. My land­scapes tend to lean toward impres­sion­ism while my por­traits and still life are usu­al­ly done in a tighter man­ner. With my land­scapes I try to show the view­er the poet­ry of the scene empha­siz­ing the play of light and shad­ow. I enjoy try­ing to recre­ate the mood and emo­tions I felt as I looked at the scene. With my por­traits I try to cap­ture the soul and per­son­al­i­ty of the sub­ject (whether it is a per­son or a pet). My goal with my por­traits is to cre­ate a last­ing work of art that will bring a smile to the lips or a tear to the eye of the view­er for years to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Biography” tab_id=“1556904212576-a00267d3-de6ecfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-5384f3af-1c52”][vc_column_text]Paula was born and raised on the plains of West Texas in the small town of Sla­ton, TX but now resides in beau­ti­ful East Texas. She has been inter­est­ed in art since her ear­ly preschool days of draw­ing her own paper dolls and design­ing their clothes. Com­ing from an artis­tic fam­i­ly she always had help and instruc­tion from her moth­er, father, and old­er sis­ter. She learned at an ear­ly age about per­spec­tive, shad­ows, col­ors mix­ing, etc. She grad­u­at­ed from Texas Tech Uni­ver­si­ty with a major in Math­e­mat­ics and a minor in Art. She began paint­ing in oils in the 70’s when­ev­er she could squeeze in the time from her full time job of teach­ing sec­ondary math. In June of 2000 she retired from teach­ing and soon after began to devote her ener­gies to her paint­ing. She has won numer­ous awards at both the Palette of Ros­es Art Shoe and the Mine­o­la League of the Arts Show. She works in oils, water­col­or, acrylics and pas­tels. She is a mem­ber of the Palette of Ros­es Art League, the Mine­o­la League of the Arts and the Mount Pleas­ant Art Soci­ety. She has stud­ied under Nan­cy Berk­house, Bruce Peil, Matt Smith, Ann Tem­ple­ton, Bob Rohm, and Rusty Jones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Artist Inter­view” tab_id=“1556904212591–5cf4ad24-124fcfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-5384f3af-1c52”][vc_column_text]

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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=“small”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full” css=”.vc_custom_1556905803913{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column][us_grid post_type=“attachment” images=“1717,1718,1719,1720,1721,1722,1723,1724,1725,1726,1727,1728,1729,1730,1731,1732,1733,1734,1735,1736,1737,1738,1739,1740,1741” items_quantity=“15” pagination=“ajax” items_layout=“gallery_default” type=“masonry” columns=“3” overriding_link=“popup_post_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]