Paquette features Paula Hudson

Vivid mixed-media paintings by Paula Hudson continue on display throughout December at the SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave. The public will have the opportunity to meet Hudson during the Second Saturday Artist’s Reception in the SteamPlant’s Paquette Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be available.

Hudson was born in Chicago and began painting when she was 8 years old. She moved to Colorado in 1966 and continued to pursue her artistic passion into adulthood while simultaneously building a 45-year career as a speech language specialist. In addition to providing therapy to children and adults, Hudson taught at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado and ran the speech/language program statewide for the state of Colorado.

Hudson’s SteamPlant exhibit showcases her skill in “the pouring technique,” in which paints are mixed to a consistency that suits the artist’s vision and then poured onto a clean surface. “Pours may be done in layers, the support (canvas) might be tilted or turned, the paint may be directed and with careful timing shifted as the paint dries,” said Hudson, who embellishes the pours with objects, animals or landscapes for a combination of techniques.

The show is a collection of expressionistic oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many subjects. “They are products of my feelings about them, such as their sense of intimacy, grandeur, peace, intensity, pleasure, etc. These feelings are represented by heightened focus on the use of value and color.”

Hudson said everyone has a unique means of expression, whether through cooking, helping others, weaving, making herbal remedies, poetry or other artistic outlets. “Along with the many forms of expression, there are myriad ways we choose to show our talents. I use color, composition, values and other technical aspects of painting to convey the feelings and sights that impact me.”

Hudson’s art has been exhibited in galleries for years, and now that she is a full-time painter, she shows her works in Denver and Crestone and is exploring new venues.

“The SteamPlant is always excited to bring new artists to Salida to enhance the community’s experience,” said SteamPlant Director Michael Varnum. “Paula’s works really brighten the SteamPlant during this holiday season.”