Paula Hodge

Artist Information

Paula Hodge

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.

]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.

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