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The Artist Behind the Cover
by Doris Brandes
The paintings of Ty Hodanish represent his
own highly-recognized style and unique palette. Typically, Ty credits his early
painting instructor, Lois Griffel, of the Cape Cod School, with bringing his
long-latent talent into force. Ty always felt a close connection with the arts
but this experience represented one of those “life-affirming seminal
moments,” that this artist has learned to appreciate.
Ty Hodanish has shown a remarkable curiosity
to explore and develop his many talents. As a student at Seton Hall College, he
interned for the Governor Hughes administration, where he was assigned to
coordinate a tour through part of New Jersey for, then first lady,
“Ladybird” Johnson. This was the first time he visited Lambertville, which
became a factor later in his life when he moved there.
After college, he went on to teach as an
adjunct professor of criminal justice and public policy in area colleges. But it
was while on a vacation in Cape Cod that he fell in love with the refreshing
approach to Impressionist painting. This experience represented one of those
“seminal moments.” Armed with an artistic philosophy, Ty developed his own
style and soon became involved teaching at Artworks in Trenton, New Jersey. With
missionary zeal he shares the basic principals of color and light. He likes to
quote the renowned educator, John Dewey, “Anything worth learning, is worth
doing badly.” You can translate this thought as “learn through your
When Ty retired from his day job, it seemed
like just the right time to further develop his painting style. He rented a
small store in Sergeantsville, next door to the butcher shop. He used it as his
studio but it also became a gallery. Then when Artsbridge vacated the Linseed
Building at Prallsville Mills, it literally spoke to Ty, “Rent me!!” This
then was the beginning of The Art Colony on Route 29, at Prallsville, Stockton.
Committed to his philosophy of keeping impressionism alive and well, The Art
Colony became a studio as well as teaching space. “I have the pleasure of
bringing together the artists who want to learn techniques, develop a style and
enjoy newly acquired talents into the world of accomplished artists who have the
desire and abilities to teach,” Ty remarks with all sincerity.
The now active Art Colony is open weekends
from noon until 6:00 p.m., or whenever classes are scheduled. In addition, one
or two visiting or emerging artists can show their works on weekends.
Ty takes pleasure in helping beginners get
their collections together and learn how to market their works. Currently there
are four different disciplines being offered at the Art Colony; days and
evenings. Hodanish is in love with teaching and his creative plan for sharing
his experiences has taken on a form that fulfills a need. Students have achieved
much success with his training and are considerably pleased with the other
teachers and the opportunities to exhibit. Some classes take place outside the
Linseed Studio on the extensive grounds, along the Delaware River and the canal.
The grounds are rich with suitable subjects — and rich in artistic history!
Here, and near Phillips’ Mill, across the river in New Hope, is where the
original area impressionists worked their magic on canvas.
Ty does his own paintings on location ’en
plein air’ and working in his personal studio in his home on Stoney Hill Road,
New Hope, as well as in the extensive Prallsville Mills Art Colony studios. Ty
loves to paint and it gives him great pleasure to sell his works to those who
admire his impressionist style and personal sense of color.
“My feeling is that people like to collect
the works of particular artists,” says Ty Hodanish. “They are buying ‘the
artist’ which is why I keep my prices moderate. This is a good way of keeping
my work more accessible — and gives me the pleasure of knowing that my
paintings find good homes.”
His highly recognized impressionist style
and use of soft color oil paintings can almost always be
seen in area galleries and exhibitions. He also confided that he is thinking
about painting in a larger format in the near future and is looking forward to
visiting France and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Visit Ty at www.tyhodanish.artspan.com
can expect that Ty will keep on spreading his wings.