“Endless inspiration” found in surrounding forests

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For local artist Corinne Hodgson, living in the heart of the forest has proven to be an endless source of artistic stimulation.  Hodgson says that she had initially ventured into the landscape after embarking on a “self-imposed pursuit to seek the artist within” but in doing so, discovered a subject matter complex enough to present a challenge and sustain her interest. Inspired by the many facets of the forest, she set out to share her interpretation with the world.
“I am endlessly fascinated by trees,” explained Hodgson.
“They’re always changing. They can appear powerful and menacing, or soft and airy.  They change with the seasons, with the light, with the weather, you always see something different. They are ever-present in the landscape and often taken for granted.”
Hodgson, who prefers to work with oil, using a pallet knife, continued that her recent explorations have led her to experiment with different mediums such as acrylic paint, which she says, better lends itself to her current technique and subject matter.
For this “self-taught” artist finding creative endeavours like her recent project are more of a life necessity, than a lucrative hobby.
“As a child, the seeds were planted,” says Hodgson.
“I was exposed to art at a young age while visiting an Aunt’s studio in Winnipeg. She allowed me to explore the room as well as the paints, easels, brushes, turpentine, and linseed oil that filled it.  It was there that I recognized and explored my innate creativity.”
“Even today,” she added.
“The memory of those smells ignites an inner warmth in me that many may not understand.”
As the years passed, Hodgson’s enthusiasm never dwindled, in fact, it flourished and she soon began to pursue her craft, and took courses at the Edmonton Art Gallery and St. Lawrence College,  where she studied life drawing, watercolour, fashion design, painting, and ceramics. 
In addition to her already sizable portfolio, Hodgson has also studied doll making, stained glass, quilting, photography, rug hooking and welding. Her efforts have been on display in various art shows, sales and studio tours throughout the region.
Hodgson’s work is available for viewing until July 30th at Hang Ups Gallery, located at 24 St. Andrew Street in Downtown Brockville. 
For more information or to view Hodgson’s work visit;
BLOG: http://lifemakessensewhenipaint.blogspot.com/
The Hang Ups 2011 exhibition season runs from January to October inclusive, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 6 p.m. on Fridays. 

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