Today we’d like to introduce you to Hilda Rueda.
Hilda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a Colombian born artist, trained as a Petroleum Engineer. Since an early age I was interested in the arts but, due to the family financial conditions I was advised to choose a more profitable career than that of the arts, that would bring a better future for myself and my family. Thus, I chose Petroleum engineering. After working in the Oil industry for several years, I immigrated to the United States with two little children and decided to stay home to raise them. It was then while spending time with the kids that I had the opportunity to start pursuing my true-life call and I started taking art instruction. I took classes at Glassell School of Art in Houston, before moving to Canada, where I continued working on acquiring the skills needed. Years later I moved to Brazil where I studied with great masters, who helped me find my own art voice and style. When I returned to the States in 2012, I joined the Woodlands Art League and became a board member of the organization. I opened my own studio in Tomball and started teaching art in private and group settings. I believe that art in any form, either be music, painting, drawing, writing, etc., should be part of the basic education provided in schools for children and adults. I truly believe that no matter what career a person chooses in life, Art is fundamental, as much as math, language arts and other subjects, not necessarily to master it but, to acquire the sensibility to feel, to create, to interact with the world and transform it into something unique and powerful, to convey it in a manner that reflects a different perspective, that accrues all the individual experiences and manifests in a piece of creation, in whichever career one pursues . That is the main reason why I decided to go into teaching art, which I currently do at my studio located in Tomball, Texas, and in School classrooms in the area.
In relation to my own creation, I paint in both oil and acrylics almost entirely from live models. I believe art is the universal language that transcends geographical borders, ethnicity, religion and time. My art is inspired both by the dramatic play of light and peasant scenes of classical paintings such as the works of Vermeer and Caravaggio and by the bold, impressionistic, more modern art of Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla and Russian painter Nicolai Fechin.
My human figures are not simply a representation of an individual. They are soul portraits of the deep emotions, feelings, and passions that every human being goes through in his/her existence. I intend through strong colors and textures, bold brushstroke and composition communicate to the viewer the emotional clues the model portraits in his/her manner and demeanor, many times suggesting a particular subject or theme of the past. These emotional clues, the energy of happiness and sadness, the suffering and ecstasies and all the mixtures that constitute the wonderful tapestry of life, are not unique to the model but are instead universal to all of us, and I aim through paint and words to awaken a sense of connection and interrelation between the viewer and the model. My art can be found in private collections in the States, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, and Colombia. For more information on fine art, classes, and instruction visit www.hruedart.com.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road by any means. As I stated before, I couldn’t pursue my passion until late in life and it was not easy to acquire the skills and the endurance necessary to overcome rejection over and over and find my own style and voice.
Besides, financially, it was a big jump from the oil industry to the arts and after divorcing it became even more difficult to make a living and dedicate as much time to my creation. There are many obstacles that many artists face. Among them, rejection accompanied by low self-esteem, tendency to follow the path of other artists to get approved, financial struggle, failing to market the product, family disapproval, and mainly your own questioning of the value of your creation. I have faced all of them and from time to time, those monsters rise up again to test my determination. I know my art makes a difference in the life of others and my teaching will lead a new generation to a better place and that alone keeps me going.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about HRuedart Studio – what should we know?
My business is the creating of fine visual art and the promotion and teaching of art to children and adults.
WHAT I DO: I PAINT THE HUMAN SOUL FROM LIFE, in oils and acrylics.
My style is unique in the combination of vibrant colors, textures and application of paint. My art is unique in the sense that my paintings are not photographic resemblances of the model in front of me but of their moods, emotions and direct subjective communication of their individual soul. I paint in a style that is a mixture of impressionism and realism which I call soul impression. I also write poetry and many pieces contain a verse or more in the background. I usually start with a vivid color background where my poetry is then written. Then I imposed the figure on top of it, thus incorporating and integrating some of the background colors into the figure.
My teaching is focused towards guiding the student to find their own voice early on their artistic career, providing them with the opportunity to both develop the technical skills and be creative starting with their first art piece.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The most important quality that I find important to my success is the passion I feel for creating. I am a very creative person with lots of empathy for others. Those characteristics allow me to keep on going and stay on track despite the now less frequent rejections, and to be compassionate and understanding when my students reach a plateau in their own path.
- Art pieces from $1,000- $6,000
- Individual art lessons $40/hour
- Group lessons $450 for 30-hour course
- Address: 314 Commerce Street, Tomball, Texas
- Website: www.hruedart.com
- Phone: 832-465-1641
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: hruedart
- Facebook: Hilda Rueda