Jodie Hutchens, grew up in Peoria, Illinois, but has lived her entire adult life in Atlanta, Georgia.
Leaving behind a quarter century career in television design and animation, she now embraces a new, creative life in fine arts. Brush, paint and canvas are the tools now used to express her vision and dreams, and she hasn’t looked back.
Jodie’s journey in art began during college when an art education professor, recognizing her potential, recommended Graphic Design as a well-suited major. After earning a BS in Visual Communications, job opportunities lured her to Atlanta. First finding employment in print media, she eventually migrated to broadcast design, and a career spanning over two decades with CNN. Her focus evolved from design to art direction, and soon she presided over high profile projects that became signatures of many of CNN’s most noteworthy achievements.
A class at a local community arts center in portrait painting provided the basis for Jodie’s entrance into the fine arts. One painting class led to several, and local workshops led to vacations spent traveling to other workshops conducted by high profile painters.
Disciplined formal training in figure drawing, water-based media, and oil painting soon followed. Under the instruction of Mia Merlin, at Georgia State University, Jodie’s own style began to emerge. As skill and confidence as a painter grew, in 2012, she gave notice to CNN, and enrolled in the Fine Arts School at Kennesaw State University where she immersed herself in a painting concentration. This fertile period of growth yielded numerous significant works. KSU professor and painter, Joe Remillard, encouraged her as an emerging artist and Jodie began to show in the Atlanta area.
he has entered, and been accepted in several juried art shows, such as the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art’s Metro Montage, Kennesaw State University, and numerous shows at the Atlanta Artist Center.
Her most recent body of work, focused on interiors, is shaped by a passion for architecture and decor. Like a good photographer, Jodie recognizes critical elements of her subject matter. Sometimes it’s lighting, sometimes it’s situational. Her eye for elevating the mundane into the fantastic is enhanced by her loose brush stroke which triggers the viewer’s imagination to fill in the blank.