)))~ Hutsien Hodges Hursh was born in Mexico City in 1957. Her father is an abstract artist in Mexico, having studied at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina and the University of Texas. Hutsie’s parents divorced when she was young, so she was unable to see much of her father or his paintings. Hutsie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1979 with a major in Painting and Printmaking.

 She, then, moved to Charleston, SC where she worked as a freelance artist. There, she met Don and married in 1980 and started her family with 2 children. The family moved to Greensboro, NC in the fall of 1986 and presently live on a small farm in McLeansville, NC, sharing their home with a menagerie of animals.

 Her art has shown at the Kemper Gallery in Kansas City, Mo, juried shows in Summerfield, SC, and Greensboro Artist League in Greensboro, NC. She has had several one-person shows held at the Compton Gallery, The Artery in Greensboro, and at the Rye Library in Rye, NY. Her work is in numerous private collections in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Missouri, Indiana, Texas and Mexico. 

She has illustrated two published children’s books and has taught private art lessons, as well as arts and crafts classes at camps. In the mid 90’s she was commissioned to paint an “art car” for a patron of the arts in Greensboro. Recently she repainted the 1977 Cadillac in a whole new theme of colors. In 2006 she was commissioned by the Moses Cone Regional Hospital to develop and produce a series of large abstract murals for a long hallway in the hospital. The work was completed by the patients and their families and friends.

 Hutsie works mostly in oil, watercolor, and pen and ink producing mostly loosely-realistic paintings with an emphasis on color until the year 2000. At that time she pulled her work out of the galleries and shops to began to work in abstract paintings. 

When asked what her artistic statement would be, she replies:

 “I like to think of art as being everywhere. Everything seen and felt could be a painting. Right now, in my abstract work, I like to work with the colors and composition from things I feel. I like the idea that the painting has a life of its own when it is not representational. It does not tell the viewer what they should see, but lets the viewer find their meaning. I like the fact that no matter what I am thinking about in the painting or what it means to me, it will be different for everyone else who looks at it. When someone buys one of my abstracts, they are buying a painting that means something to them that comes from within their own thoughts and feelings. I like to think that art can speak to everyone from any background. My favorite artwork is the work children do before they are taught that their work should look like something.” ~(((



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