DON HODGINS lives on Salt Spring Island, where he actively pursues his interest in painting.  Don was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1945, and developed an early interest in drawing and painting through encouragement from his father.  He studied art in high school, and drew inspiration from regular visits to the National Gallery of Canada, where the Group of Seven collection held special interest.

Don went on to university earning degrees in civil engineering and physical oceanography.  He was fortunate in 1974 to have an opportunity to study in Europe, and over the next three years visited many of the major European art galleries in England, Scotland, Holland, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.  These gallery visits provided remarkable exposure to paintings and sculpture from the old masters to the major movements in 20th century art - and they kept his interest in art growing over a period when time to practice was in short supply.

Following a career in consulting engineering, Don returned to painting in 2002.  His current interests center on portrait and figurative artwork in a representational style.  As Don notes -

"With each painting I try to tell a story, capture a slice of life, or depict that spark of character or personality that uniquely defines each person.  Expression, gesture, emotion - all enter into the composition and choice of colour for the painting.  Generally I prefer strong, vibrant colours, and work with different textures on the canvas to give each painting a distinct feel and appearance for the subject.  Usually I work in oils, although occasionally I will use acrylic paints and water colours."

Don is an Associate Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the Salt Spring Island Painters' Guild.

Self-portrait 1

Don Hodgins
141 Harrison Ave.
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2N3
Tel: 250 537-5406

Selected Juried Shows

Reality, Only Better FCA 2004
Dimples, Wrinkles & Folds FCA 2004
Parallel-to-Bateman ArtSpring, 2004
CIPA Open Exhibition, Calgary 2004
Images of Western Canada FCA 2004
Island Perspectives FCA 2005
Human Figure Show
FCA 2005
Chapters Only Show FCA 2005
CIPA Open Exhibition CIPA 2006
Sidney Fine Arts Show SFAS 2006

Selected Solo/Group Shows

Guild Guys 2004  ArtSpring 2004
cre8ivity  Winspear, Sidney Dec. 2004
Guild Guys 05 ArtSpring 2005
cre8ivity  G. @ Mac, Victoria 2005
Moby's  (solo)  Salt Spring 2006
Guild Guys 06 ArtSpring 2006
Hastings Gala  (solo) Vancouver 2007