Artist of Note | Rodney Hubble

Enchanted by the land

Rodney Hubble, Horse Canyon Daybreak, oil, 24 x 36.

Rodney Hubble, Horse Canyon Daybreak, oil, 24 x 36.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Rodney Hubble’s love for the New Mexico land has continued to grow ever since his childhood. However, he didn’t turn to it as a subject for his work until many years later, when he returned to live near his hometown of Farmington, NM. “I had been doing some portraits and imagined scenes for my professional work,” he says. “But when I returned, an artist friend took me out into the field, and the rest is history.”

Hubble continued doing figurative works as well, but his fascination with the landscape gradually took over and became his preferred subject. One of his favorite areas to paint is along the San Juan River, where the water provides constant inspiration. “Water captures images on its surface, creating a contrasting duality with the images it reflects, as if it is an artist itself,” he says. “As an artist, my physical process of painting becomes a dance that mirrors the water’s movement.”

While Hubble experimented with many styles and techniques, his work soon became impressionistic, and he utilized a pure-color palette to draw out the jewel-toned hues in New Mexico’s atmosphere. “I find the air and land to have a pink quality in northwestern New Mexico,” he says. “But the light is the essential ingredient to make it sparkle.” The artist’s main motivation is to help the audience fall in love. “My work is a lifetime of being entranced with beauty and the love of making deeply felt paintings,” he says. “I hope people have that same feeling.” —Mackenzie McCreary

Hubble is represented by Majestic Enchantment Gallery, Blanco, NM; Rod Hubble’s New Mexico Studio, Farmington, NM; and www.rodhubble.com.

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