Hodges Soileau, OPA
Hodges Soileau started his career in art as an illustrator with his artwork gracing the covers of more than three hundred books. During this career he has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was also a twenty three year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time, he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. He was selected to do the painting for the twenty ninth call for entries and chaired the thirty fifth annual exhibition. After years of executing ideas and concepts of others, he now paints subjects that are of personal interest. He was a finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Artists Magazine Competition. He received an award of excellence in the 2004 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition and an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and received a 2007 Certificate of excellence award in the International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. Hodges was awarded Signature membership status by Oil Painters of America in December 2008. He also won first place in the category, Portraits of Women, in the Members showcase of the Portrait Society of America 2009. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists awarded 2010. He is also a member of The Portrait Society of America. With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Soileau is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America as well as the American Society of Marine Artists. He also is an active member of the Portrait Society of America, and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). Soileau's work hangs in the private collections of Golf Digest Magazine, as well as the permanent collections of the United States Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard.