Show Preview | Andrée Hudson

Santa Fe, NM
Waxlander Gallery, July 7-20

Andrée Hudson, Red Barn, acrylic, 8 x 10.

Andrée Hudson, Red Barn, acrylic, 8 x 10.

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Expect a lively scene on Friday evening, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the reception celebrating the opening of 
Illumination, a solo show of new paintings by artist Andrée Hudson that fills the four front rooms of Waxlander Gallery on Canyon Road. The Denver-based artist is on hand to chat with guests as they enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and Celtic folk music performed by the locally based Fletcher and John Trio.

The liveliest aspect of the event, however, will undoubtedly be the latest works by Hudson. “Andrée is just so fearless and talented, and she has a vibrant, expressionistic style,” explains gallery director Bonnie French. “It feels as if her paintings are always in motion.”

Credit that dynamism to the way Hudson employs a vivid palette of acrylic paints, applied freely in bold brush strokes, to capture such southwest-inspired images as horses, longhorn cattle, and cowgirls. (The artist hints that there also may be a painting or two inspired by her first-ever visit to the Kentucky Derby during the first weekend in May.) Classically trained and previously employed as a medical illustrator, she revels in the freedom of her fine-art career. “I use a lot of artistic license to deconstruct what I’ve learned in the past, and I try to let the paint have a life of its own,” she explains of the fluid lines—and even occasional drips—that fill her canvases. A variety of sizes are on display, ranging from small and intimate to a piece titled simply THE HORSE, which measures an impressive 90 by 62 inches. Working in fast-drying acrylics, she believes, helps endow her images with a feeling of immediacy. “I can work faster and capture a sense of energy that remains throughout the life of the painting,” says the artist.

Visitors to Waxlander Gallery can also witness that process directly during the first weekend of Hudson’s show, when she plans to set up her easel and paint just outside on July 10, 11, and 12. “Andrée is happy to talk with people,” says French, “and she always draws a crowd.” —Norman Kolpas

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