Jane Hodgson, SWAc, MA Arts & Ecology, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
My ongoing narrative of being alive and in our great landscape is cross-referenced in my mind to the struggles and the hardship of the world in which we live.
“The pleasure of pretty art draws on dissatisfaction: if we did not find life difficult, beauty would not have the appeal it does”. (Art is Therapy, Alain de Botton and John Armstrong).
I paint in full knowledge of the harshness that is our landscape and lives at times; I use painting to escape and honour the beauty that is out there too.
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 I completed 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 Academician of 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