Renee Hopson is an artist, designer, and educator. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally, most recently at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. She is currently a print and pattern designer and illustrator, published in the 2021 edition of The Travel & Draw, Where We Walk. Renee received an MFA in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
This painting is part of a body of work that is an expression of how I see and experience native wildflowers and plants of Ohio. I spend hours outside hiking, painting, studying wildflowers, and gathering details about the plants that I love, to inform my studio work.
This work on paper starts with washes of watercolor, pencil markers, and textures from found objects. As I start each painting, I know what plant/flower will be represented, but the composition is unknown. I allow myself to create abstract compositions and react to the materials as they create patterns and texture. Once the underlayers have dried, I start sketching with acrylics, utilizing the textures and colors of the underlayers to help reveal the foliage. A process I call Finding Flowers.