Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Artist of the moment…..Cody Hooper




Cody Hooper is a fantastic American abstract artist. Cody Hooper was born in Perrytown, Texas in the year 1978.

Hooper studied with watercolorist Barbara Hughes for many years. With Hughes he learned the basics of watercolor, design, and how to get different textures on his painting surfaces.

Below we view a work by Cody Hooper up close. Its important to see his works up close as he creates varying amounts of surface texture:

During the past few years Hooper has become an abstract painter. The artist is always looking to other forms of art for inspiration.

Hooper is based out of Sante Fe, New Mexico.

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We remember…..Jesús Moroles


Jesús Moroles was a wonderful sculptor of granite who passed away in a car crash earlier this month. The accident took place about 30 minutes from Austin. The van Moroles was driving rear ended a tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The artist was based out of Rockport, Texas. Moroles also served in the United States Air Force.

Morales was the recipient of the United States National Medal of the Arts.

In this clip a great interview with Jesús Moroles:

The artist was commissioned for a work of art that was displayed on the Great Wall of China.

Another important work of Moroles was the Houston Police Officers Memorial.


Artist of the moment…….Robert Hodge


Robert Hodge is an contemporary African- American artist renown for his artwork featuring typography and collages. Robert Hodge studied at the Pratt Institute and the Atlanta College of Art.

Hodge is based out of Houston, Texas.

Many of the artists that inspire Hodge have been profiled here already including Basquiat, Glen Ligon, Mark Bradford, and Andy Warhol.

What inspires me about this artist is his way with words. He often quotes historical figures in his work, one of my favorite lines he speaks often was originated by Frederick Douglas, without struggle there is no progress.

Hodge was once asked the most important activity for an artist to do, his response was “read.” Wonderful, and congratulations to you for ending up at this site to read about art and become a better artist!

Below a link to the website of the artist:

This artist gets an A+ for his business acumen! In this clip we view a collaborative effort with Hodges and Addidas:

Below we visit a show from late in 2014 and also have a brief interview with the artist:

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Artist of the moment…………James Havard


James Havard is an American painter and sculptor who is best renown for his abstract works. James Havard in Galveston, Texas was born in the year 1937. Havard is a master at creating mixed media works and often includes resin or wax in his art.

Havard attended Sam Houston State College located in Huntsville , Texas. (The school is now named Sam Houston State University.) Havard went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts located in Philadelphia.

In this clip a visit to the artist’s studio. The artist doesn’t move about that well and I am very thankful that he allowed a visitor to record his studio!:


Havard is included in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City, the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington D.C.

In some works the artist makes reference to the Native American culture by using words and sometimes images. Havard was also the artist who conceived the idea of “abstract illusionism.” Some great examples of this are anonymous lines that are cleverly placed in the overall design of the shape, but also have interesting and lively cast shadows.

Price range information: Original works range from $4,000 to $20,000. Havard has occasionally worked as printmaker but no pricing schedule is available for these works.

What a great artist who has mastered realism and abstract art and also flat and dimensional art. Hard to believe how much he has accomplished over his career, which is still thriving at the moment!



Artist of the moment……..Jesus Moroles



Jesús Moroles is a contemporary American artist renown for his large sculptures composed of granite. Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in the year 1950. Moroles attended North Texas University located in Denton.

In this clip a sculpture by Moroles is talked about in detail:

The artist is based out of Rockport, Texas.

Below a short interview with the artist:

Moroles was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008 for his contributions to the art world.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Jesus Moroles:

The largest work by Moroles is a 120 foot by 120 foot sculpture made to remember fallen police officers of Houston, Texas. Since launching his art career Moroles has placed more than 2,000 works of art in collections.

Moroles is also a board member of the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington D.C.




Artist of the moment……Rod Penner

Rod Penner was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1965. Penner paints in photo realistic manner depicting small America. The artist has awesome composition skills, many works are very small measuring 6 inches by 6 inches. I am still amazed at how much detail Penner can put into such a small work. Some works this size even have legible graffiti! Truly amazing.

For his artistic education Penner began school in Canada at Kwantlen College. The artist finished his B.F.A.  degree at O.R.U. University.

Penner paints with acrylics.

Penner is now based out of Marble, Texas. A small town with a population around 5,000.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the wonderful urbanscapes of Rod Penner that took place in 2013:

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If you enjoy these great landscapes be sure and check out my post on Matthew Cornell. Cornell paints a variety of subjects well including water, but his very small urbanscapes are my favorite. Many times Cornell paints these very small works with fading light either at dusk or dawn giving the works a remarkable sense of atmosphere.