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Soileau, Hodges

Hodges had a successful illustration career which lasted more than twenty five years. His art graced the covers of more than 300 books. He worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was a 23 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 29th calls for entries, and chaired the 35th Annual Exhibition.

After years of executing ideas and concepts for others, he presently 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 he 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. In 2011 and 2012, he was awarded first place in Members showcase Portrait Society of America. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists awarded in 2010. He is also a member of The Portrait Society of America.

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. Hodges and his wife, Marilyn, now reside in Venice, Florida.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Southwestern Louisiana
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Artist Statement:
"As an artist, I try to paint as honestly as I can. I believe in practicing the sound principles of painting that I have learned and currently teach, but I also believe that an artist should strive for something more than just the technical skill in their work. There is a feeling, or reaction, that one gets when standing in front of a painting or a piece of art. Sometimes it’s 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. This is the kind of reaction that one hopes is communicated in his or her painting. The best scenario is when the technical and the emotional aspects of painting are inseparable."

- Oil Painters of America-Signature Member-awarded 2008,
- American Society of Marine Artist- Signature Member-awarded 2010
- Portrait Society of America
- Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE)

Gallery Representation: Bayview Gallery, Northlight/True North
Gallery, RS Hanna Gallery, Sage Creek Gallery, Palm Avenue Fine Art, Hughes Gallery, Highlands Art Gallery.