Hodson, Sara

West End Bar Yard, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 20"

West End Bar Yard, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 20
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Irish Contemporary, b. 1972

I was brought up in the South West of England in the market town of Newton Abbot where my love of horse racing began and a few school days were lost.  I have painted and sketched all my life and won  ‘Most Promising Young Artist’ in my teens among other awards.  After completing a BA in History and a Masters Degree in Irish Studies I moved to Ireland where my mother is from and where I met my husband.  I worked as a Graphic Designer for a sign company for some years, painting and exhibiting in my spare time with success.  However it was only in 2008 that I started working as an artist full time.

My favorite subjects are horses and farm animals.  Man’s relationship with the horse is a central theme in my work whether at Irish horse fairs, or through hunting and racing scenes.  The relationship between people and animals, sometimes only implied, is also evident in my paintings of domestic animals, like cattle waiting to be fed on a snowy day and sheep in pens at an agricultural show.  I like realism and I have a documentary style approach to my work that I combine with a creative and thoughtful use of color.  The use of color is an important aspect in my paintings, I often use the bright colors associated with West Cork villages and look for color to enhance ordinary scenes.  I am inspired by the ‘Glasgow Boys’ their colour, subjects and brush techniques appeal to me.  I also admire the work of artists such as Degas, Valette, Rose Barton and the English wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe.  Overall my creativity and influence comes mainly from my own observations, photographs and sketches, and I do a lot of sketchbook work and drawings from life.

I have exhibited across Ireland and England including Cork, Belfast, Newmarket in England and several times at the Mall Galleries in London.  I have work in private collections in Europe and America.  I am a member of the West Cork Arts Centre in Ireland, and the Society of Equestrian Artists in England.  Recent achievements include being a selected finalist in the International Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 and promotion to Associate member of the Society of Equestrian Artists in 2011.