The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and CF Campus are thrilled to highlight individuals currently showcasing their art on our Campus! In March 2023, CF Campus welcomed 60 newly installed pieces of art that will be on display for a year and available to purchase. CFSA is proud to offer this opportunity to local artists at no cost and receives no commission on artists’ sales.
Featured artist Silvia Hogue is originally from Italy but considers Tucson her home now. Silvia’s prefered medium is watercolor, and watercolor ink, used in an almost undiluted form. She searches for bold and overly saturated color combinations finding delight in the juxtaposition of highly pigmented contrasts, opposite of watercolors. Cacti “in the craziest color combinations” are her favorite subject to paint, but she occasionally dips into modern art in the form of geometric cities and houses.
Silvia is an advocate for art being accessible to EVERYONE, “not just collectors or museums,” and even likes to donate her art to organizations promoting good causes.
Q&A with Silvia Hogue
Where do you find inspiration?
In the Tucson backyards and front yards, including mine, gardens, the Arizona desert, and in my dreams. Many times I get an idea during a half hour of nighttime when I am temporarily awake.
How do you usually start your pieces?
I always start with a pencil sketch, then immediately afterward, I pick all the different colors at once to ultimately obtain the contrast that I am always searching for.
What motivates you to create art?
Must be in my DNA, as I have been painting since I was a child. Beyond that, I don’t really want to know why I love painting so much. It doesn’t matter what my motivation is anymore, I just keep painting.
Why do you think it is important for art to be part of public spaces?
It’s important for people to see art every day, everywhere, to dream, to feel positive thoughts, to delight in colors and shapes, to be transported out of sometimes stressful realities.
Are there any other comments that you would like to add?
I have this feeling that bright colors have healing properties, and the positive energy they create can have an effect on our very thoughts at a subconscious level, making us think better thoughts and dissipating negative thinking.
Silvia’s work is currently on display at CF Campus.
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