Hodges Soileau OPA

Hodges had a successful illustration career which lasted twenty five years. His art graced the covers of more than three hundred book covers. He worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was a twenty three year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time, he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. He was selected to do the painting for the twenty ninth call for entries and chaired the thirty fifth annual exhibition.

After years of executing ideas and concepts of others, he now paints subjects that are of personal interest.  He was a finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Artists Magazine Competition. He received an award of excellence in the 2004 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He received an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and received a 2007 Certificate of excellence award in the International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. Hodges was awarded Signature membership status by Oil Painters of America in December 2008.  He also won first place in the category, Portraits of Women, in the Members showcase of the Portrait Society of America 2009.  He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists awarded 2010.  He is also a member of The Portrait Society of America.   2011 Portrait Society Of America’s member showcase first place figure in landscape category.  2011 Oil painters of America Online competition, First place in Signature member category.  2012 Portrait Society Members showcase first place in non-commissioned category.

His work hangs in private collections as well as the United States Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard   permanent collections. The permanent collection of Golf Digest Magazine includes several of his paintings.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Southwestern Louisiana


Artist Statement

     As an artist, I believe in practicing the sound principals of painting that I have learned and currently teach, but I also believe in striving  for something more than just the technical skill in my work.  There is a feeling, or reaction, that one gets when standing in front of a painting or a piece of art.  Sometimes, it is not an easy thing to describe. It might be the sense of place in a landscape, the light on the subject, or a fleeting expression in a portrait.  These are the types of reactions that one hopes are communicated in his or her paintings.  The best scenario is when the technical and the emotional parts of painting are inseparable.

Oil Painters of America-Signature Member
American Society of Marine Artist- Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast-PAPSE

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