Artists > Simon Hodges
Born in London, I now live and have a studio in Bath. My love of drawing began the moment I picked up a pencil but initially I decided to follow a career in architecture. I worked as an architect until 1999 when the lure of an HB pencil became greater than that of computers, paperwork and committees.
Completely self-taught since school, I have developed my own work by studying the artists that I most admire. Foremost amongst these influences are J.M.W. Turner; watercolourists of the 18th & 19th centuries and the oil paintings of Walter Sickert & Edward Seago.
I moved to Larkhall over twenty years ago and worked as an architect in Bath, Oxford and London until 1999 when I decided that drawing and painting were more important to me and my sanity than computers, paperwork and committees.
My main inspiration to draw and paint comes from the landscape, townscapes, changes in light, variations in weather and the seasons. In developing as a painter I have been influenced mainly by the work of J.M.W. Turner and the watercolourists of the 18th & 19th centuries.
Work is either finished en-pleine, back at my studio or as a combination of the two methods.