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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Landscape painter, teacher and gallery owner Rod Hubble was born in 1947 in eastern New Mexico near the Texas panhandle. He and his family, to whom he was, and is, quite devoted, moved to Colorado and back again to New Mexico by the time he was seven. Hubble loved to draw as a child, but there were no art classes in the small country schools he attended.

Hubble was fascinated by the illustrations in the family Bible, and he credits his father with sensitizing him to the wonder of life and his surroundings, which seems to be a foundational position of the artist today.

Essentially self-taught, he is drawn to the original Taos artists, and to others as varied as John Singer Sargent, Vincent Van Gogh, Anders Zorn and Jan Vermeer. He learned a work ethic and various technical devices from artist friends--like softening edges of forms to make them recede, and under-painting. Hubble's way of painting is tied to the late 20th century California Impressionist-derived style.

"Chasms of the Rio Grande," 24 x 30, is an oil landscape contrasting two darker horizontal wedges of the gorge, in the painting's middle-ground, with the rest of the picture's essentially lighter, warmer colors moving into the mountains in the distance.

"Deepening to Nightfall: A Turning Point," oil, 40 x 60, was painted at a time of crisis, according to the artist. Reflecting this, the small figure of a dark-clad, long-haired woman with a red tote-bag over her shoulder stands with her back to the viewer nearly exactly in the center of the painting. To her left and right are a band of tangled trees (the crisis) that she must pass through to reach the yellow light in the distance that she concentrates on reaching (end of crisis, future salvation). The trees beside her seem nearly to try to snag her, prevent her from passing beyond thema snake-like black limb seems to whip out toward her. Until she reached the trees, there was a relatively clear zone of snow (life basically proceeding with only its usual small disasters) that echoes in color, shape and symbolism of the sky she seeks to attain.

Hubble received his B.A. degree in theater. Like many artists-to-be, there was a certain drifting from job to job--writing, drafting, teaching--until his destiny caught up with him and he found himself as an artist. In the 1970s, though he drew from the model and painted his friends, Hubble was painting mainly from the imagination.

Living in New Mexico's northwestern plateau in 1979, and newly awakened to the beauty and majesty of the land, Hubble began to paint out of doors. He also taught art in Farmington for eight years. By 1990, he was in Taos. In 1992, an article in "New Mexico Magazine" enormously helped establish his career. He opened a studio gallery to sell his own work, painting from imagination and outdoors, as well as exploring the painterly possibilities of old family photographs.

Hubble moved to Santa Fe in 1997, opening a gallery on Canyon Road to exhibit his own work and that of other artists. Because of the demands of his business, Hubble tends now to paint from memory or photos rather than outdoors in nature.

From "Southwest Art Magazine" April 2003
By Rod Hubble

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