Jane Hodgson, SWAc, MA Arts & Ecology, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
‘I got a real feeling for the places you had painted. Some how you have captured the essence of the place and moment you are describing in your paintings.’, ‘She really gets it’, (Visitors to the Mayne Gallery 2018)
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