PERHAPS IT WAS THE TIME she spent teaching art in southern Africa. Or maybe it was what she learned
while living in rural China. Wherever the inspiration may lie, Linda Hudgins has discovered a
universal language of form, composition and color.
HER UNPREMEDITATED APPROACH to painting energizes the eye. Earth tones and natural shapes populate
Hudgin's canvasses, but in fields of color and volumes of energy that transcend everyday experience.
The forms she paints in oil, acrylic, or mixed media, imply the images of nature: cloud formations
at sunrise, or maybe a forest during autumn. But her non-figurative gestures invite us to imagine
what nature may have had in mind while creating its dynamic forms.
A NATIVE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Hudgins studied art at Converse College and later at the Rhode Island
School of Design. A lifelong commitment to artistic exploration has taken her to such exotic climes
as Ghana, Botswana and China, where she reeducated her vision in local terms to see the world
THE UNIQUENESS OF HUDGIN'S STYLE is evident in her brushstroke, spontaneous gestures that invite us to
consider the pre-verbal and non-conceptual levels of experience. The images are familiar; perhaps
we’ve seen these forms before in our dreams or childhood fantasies. Or maybe this is how the mind
encounters the world before reason has its say. Clearly, this is the visual language of the
unconscious, the vocabulary of intuition and emotion, as opposed to rational analysis.
BUT IT IS THE CHOICE OF COLOR that enables Hudgins to make her most powerful statements. Saturated
hues and occasionally dissonant tones elevate common things to the highest levels of imagination.
“My most delighted moments occur when I can observe my surroundings as pure arrangements of
color,” says Hudgins.
THESE UNUSUAL ARRANGEMENTS of elements and design show a search for balance between conflict and
resolution, dissonance and harmony. Their emotionally charged shapes and provocatively colored
images suggest that repose is always transient; metamorphosis is the norm both in nature and
"ABSTRACT SURREALISM" might be a way to describe the recent work of Linda Hudgins, if indeed labels
are even appropriate. Whether we choose any labels at all, these paintings speak to the perennial
growth and persistent renewal of nature and the soul.
Dr. Mark N.Packer
Professor of Philosophy and Art History
University of South Carolina Upstate