About the Artists:
Hodges Soileau started his career in art as an illustrator with his artwork gracing the covers of more than three hundred books. During this career he has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was also a twenty three 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 twenty ninth call for entries and chaired the thirty fifth annual exhibition.
After years of executing ideas and concepts of others, he now 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 and an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and 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. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists awarded 2010. He is also a member of The Portrait Society of America.
Soileau's work hangs in the private collections of Golf Digest Magazine, as well as the permanent collections of the United States Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard.
With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Soileau is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America as well as the American Society of Marine Artists.
He also is an active member of the Portrait Society of America, and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE).
2013 The Members only Competition of the Portrait Society of America has awarded "Crashing Waves on Sweeping Rocks", 12x24 oil on linen' a 3rd place award in the landscapes category.
2012 Portrait Society of America, Members showcase competition, First Place, “The Art Book”, 8x10 oil on linen, non commissioned category.
2011 Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Finalist, First Place-Signature Member award.
2011 Oil Painters of America 18th National Exhibition.
2011 PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Members Showcase competition, (First Place, Landscape with Figure Category, Honorable Mention, category/non commissioned Portrait.
2010 OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL EXHIBITION, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Az.
2010 AWARDED SIGNATURE MEMBER STATUS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTIST
2009 OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL EXHIBITION, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2009 PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Member Showcase competition, (First Place, category/women, Honorable Mention, category/head and shoulders.
2008 AWARDED SIGNATURE MEMBER STATUS FROM THE OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA
2007 INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT COMPETITION, Portrait Society of America, (Certificate of Excellence Award)2006
OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL EXHIBITION (Award of Excellence) Dana Gallery- Missoula, Mt.
2005 OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL EXHIBITION (Hilligoss Gallery)
2004 OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA EASTERN REGIONAL (award of excellence)
2002 ARTIST MAGAZINE COMPETITION ( FINALIST)
2001 ARTIST MAGAZINE COMPETITION (FINALIST)
As an artist, I believe in practicing the sound principals of painting that I have learned and currently teach, but I also believe that an artist should strive for something more than just 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, its 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. These are the types of reactions that one hopes are communicated in his or her paintings. The best scenario is when the technical and the emotional parts of painting are inseparable.