Artist Statement My inspiration for "The Sun God," painting was taken from a photo that I took in 2009, on a visit to St. John, VI. The painting has a three dimensional effect by incorporating plaster gauze, netting and textured medium paste. I also used gold leaf, oil based pastels, water based oils, acrylics paints of gold, bronze, and silver. To add to this powerful image, vibrant tones of yellow, orange and a bright blue brings life to the stylized black figure. The massive headdress, as well as the feathers became the focal point. The painting has a stylized figure, painted in water based oils. I recently started incorporating water based oils and acrylics in my paintings.
Bio Antionette Simmons Hodges, also know as ASH, is a native of Buffalo, NY, but has resided in Silver Spring, MD since 1969. She received her B. S. in Education at West Virginia State College ( now University ), and M. A. in Education at Trinity College in Washington, D. C. Her teaching career includes thirty years as an elementary art teacher with District of Columbia Public Schools, and a year of teaching part time middle school art at Sandy Spring School in Olney, MD. Just before retirement in 1999, Antionette's professional artist career began at Trinity College, with a one women show entitled "Yesteryears." Many of the images from the Trinity exhibit, were used by Ethnographics Card Company as greeting cards 1996 - 2001.
In November 2006, applause at Strathmore Magazine featured her painting, Music by Moonlight as a cover. In 2014, Feelin' the Rhythm became cover art for Harlem Blues, a book written and published in France by Christine Duale' and L' Harmattan publishers.A series of nine women's faces entitled "Toni - Kins", were used for promotional advertisement of a Women's Symposium at the University of Toulouse, in Toulouse, France in January 2015.
Antionette has participated in many juried and group exhibitions in the Washington D.C. area, as well as in Iowa, West Virginia, New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and U.S Virgin Island.