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2016-07-07

‘Art in Library’ features Audrey Hopson

By Barbara Hover BCC Contributor

The Art in the Library exhibit at the Lakehills Area Library, which will be displayed from July 11 to August 6, will feature the work of Audrey Hopson.
As a child, Hopson often spent her days out with her mother at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. Her favorite paintings – “Faithful unto Death” by Sir John Poynter, which depicts a Roman Centurion in the last days of Pompeii; “Frightened by a Lion” by the accomplished horse painter, George Stubbs; and “Samson and Delilah” by Rubens – stand out vividly among the many famous artists that the gallery featured.
Asked when she started drawing and painting, Hobson replied, “I don’t remember when I didn’t.” A look at her sketchpad will reveal just about anything which catches her eye.
While her favorite artists painted in oils, Hopson works in varying mediums, but her first loves are watercolor and pencil drawing. The pencil drawings are mostly of dogs and cats – her own and those of her friends.
When Hopson came to live in Lakehills 10 years ago, she missed England at first and painted a series of English garden scenes. Wishing to have original art on the walls, the quickest and easiest way was to create them. Her transition to local scenes like the river walk in Bandera, English Crossing and the stream across the dam came with the acclamation to her new surroundings.
Hopson’s latest accomplishment has been teaching herself to paint horses, which led to bulls and deer as well.
Hopson’s exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours – 10 am to 7 pm, Monday and Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday.