INTRODUCING SUE HODGE
Surrounded by a family of hobby artists Sue Hodge began drawing at an early age. Over a period of 6 years, Sue attended night classes at TAFE. It was during this time that Sue learnt many of the basic art skills that she would later put to use.
Moving to Broken Hill in 1996 Sue found herself inspired by the rugged landscape, vibrant colours and the encouraging Broken Hill art scene. In 2005 Sue’s dream of opening her very own Studio Gallery became a reality. Relocating to Dubbo in 2009 Sue continuesd to bring landscapes to life. In 2015 Sue moved to Canowindra NSW. The rolling hills provided Sue with ample opportunity to capture beauty, colour and life in her art.
Artistic Profile & Styles
Sue describes herself as a contemporary impressionistic landscape artist. However, she is not limited to impressionism. Much of her earlier work can be described as traditional landscapes. Nor is Sue restricted to landscapes! She is constantly challenging and changing her style with a range of subjects and a variety of mediums.
Water colour was the medium of her youth with a focus on wildlife and flowers for subjects. Sue’s ease with the pencil culminated in a series of sketches featuring old rugged buildings at Silverton near Broken Hill.
Sue preferred medium is acrylics. Specialising in colour and perspective . . . “the desired effect is to feel like you can walk into the painting.” Sue’s landscapes capture the beauty & majesty of the diverse Australian country and outback regions. Cadmium yellow and orange are used to enhance the colour and clarity of the painting. Combining this with a vivid blue sky makes for a striking painting. For her landscapes Sue has two techniques; brushstrokes which brings precision and reality to her landscapes and the pallet knife adding texture and movement into the paintings.
Other styles Sue has explored include acrylic white on black. Her first was of a praying child which proved extremely popular. Since then nudes in silhouette, aboriginal men and pregnant women have been added to the collection.
In her Impressionistic landscapes Sue loves to bend the rules, letting her imagination lose itself in form and colour. Some of her work carries spiritual themes and messages for the perceptive.
Sue is not restricted to one medium or subject and when asked to do commissions is always keen to try any thing.
Clark Barrett with his use of cadmium colours.
Tom Anderson, Sue’s first official framer who had a lifetime of good advise.
1999-2003 Broken Hill Show First Prize
2001Commissioned by Broken Hill North Public School Murals
2002-2007 Silverton Art Retreats Co-ordinator and Instructor
2004Exhibition Dubbo NSW
2005Opened Gallery Ochre Sands Artworks
2006-2008Art Teacher - Private Lessons
2007Commissioned by Broken Hill Hospital Maternity Ward
“Women in Waiting” White on Black.
2007-2008Featured in “Artists of Broken Hill” Produced by Jack Absolom
2008Inducted into the South Broken Hill Rotary Club “Artist Walk of Fame”
2009Archibold Prize Entry “Outback Jack” - Portrait of Broken Hill’s Jack Absalom
Teaching Art Lessons
Workshops- Carlton House, Dubbo & Third Dimension Art Supplies
Exhibition: “Impressions” Third Dimension Art Space
2010Archibold Prize Entry “Colin Buchanan”
2011Archibold Prize Entry “My Hero” - Russell Hodge
Blake Prize Entry chosen for directors cut “Journey”
“Spring” Exhibition, Arthouse Restaurant, Narellan
2012Exhibition Dubbo “Lounge Cafe”
Fresh Arts Exhibition “Theatre” Dubbo Entertainment Centre
People’s Choice Award, Fresh Arts Exhibition “Feast” Lazy River Winery
“I Love Art” Exhibition, Narromine.
1st Prize Western College Art Prize “Passion”