Jane Hodgson, SWAc, MA Arts & Ecology, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
What an honour – I am a finalist among 5 other artists for the Devon Life Landscape Artist of the year, 2018. There will be an exhibition at The Mayne Gallery, Kingsbrisge 30 March – 20 April for all of us, then the winner will be chosen. To be in the final is wonderful, to win it would be more so, but there is very tough competion.
My paintings are often described as ‘powerful’ – what you are seeing is a location but also my emotions and feelings in the world, at the moment of painting – which I hope may resonate with my audience, perhaps subliminally, if not consciously at first. I was a graphic designer for 20 plus years, then pursued my own art in 2005 completing a BA Hons in Fine Art, Hertfordshire, and in 2008 the MA Arts and Ecology, Dartington. I have always drawn and painted, and now I paint most days in my studio at my home near Bovey Tracey. I am a mentor and private tutor and teach adults weekly in Ashburton. I was elected an Acadmetitian in the South West Academy in 2016.
Only idiots like pretty, sweet things
” Beautiful flowers aren’t a way of avoiding the tougher facts; they are a consolation… the mood that beauty naturally encourages – is a good state of mind to be able to access, given the number of problems we have to face. A taste for pretty art isn’t a denial of the troubles of the world; it shows a wise awareness of the extent of suffering and a concern for bolstering oneself against despair”.
Unknown author of quotes at The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2014