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State of the Arts

The Queen of COLOR GANSTA PARADISE, 2012, 52” X 44”, OIL ON CANVAS

Monroe Hodder’s vibrant paintings pulse with life—thanks in part to the inspiration she finds in Steamboat’s quiet beauty. Find out why the artist calls Colorado home, how she understands color and why she paints

BY HILARY MASELL OSWALD PHOTOGRAPHY BY FREDERICK HODDER

ILLUMINATIONS, RUMINATIONS, 2010, 72” X 64”, OIL ON CANVAS

CH&L: Did you always want to be an artist? How did this happen?

Monroe Hodder: I painted and drew like all children do, and I had sort of special little gifts for it when I was younger. The real moment for me was when my husband and I went to Amsterdam one summer to work. Well, he went to work and I went to paint. It was our anniversary, and he gave me this bowl of yellow roses. I painted and painted them. When he came home from work, I said, “What are you doing home so soon?” I had totally lost my sense of time. I had no feeling that a whole day had passed me by. That was 40 years ago. I still have that feeling when I’m painting. Through better and worse, making art has stayed with me. There have been some times when I’ve thought, ‘Why did I do this as a career?’ It’s hard to be an artist, but it’s very, very satisfying. You live in New York and Steamboat Springs. What drew you to Steamboat?

That has to do with the fact that I’m still married to the same man for whom I painted those flowers. He grew up in Colorado and Wyoming, and skiing is...perhaps it is the love of his life, or a close second! We’ve only been here about seven years, and I’ve come to love Colorado. COLORADOHOMESMAG.COM

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