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.