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MCC art students past and present work on dispay at Toledo Public Library

“More than just a hobby!’- 1st Person story by Richard Lee Hogue

April 11, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - The Toledo Public Library exhibit consists of a handful of works by former and current Marshalltown Community College students enrolled in our studio art classes. The classes represented are Painting, Photography, and Graphic Design.

The works on display now at the Toledo Library demonstrate various assignments and techniques.

Originality, inventiveness and craftsmanship are emphasized in all studio classes. Other art classes are also available at MCC, including: Sculpture, Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design, Ceramics and for those who prefer theory, we also offer a series of Art History Courses and Art Appreciation.

“More than just a hobby!’

By Richard Lee Hogue

Born in 1959, 1 grew up around Montour, Tama and Toledo, Iowa. As a youngster I felt a strong relationship to nature that gave me great respect for it’s powers and secrets offered within it’s endless boundaries that set my sprit and soul forever free. Often, when I wasn’t painting or drawing, I was found wandering the timbers surrounding our home, everytime more fascinating than before. Observing nature and people was always an important factor that provided the tools which assisted me, my works and expressions for present and future visions.

I can’t say when or where my love for Art began but at an early age my talent for painting and illustrating was already largely, self taught. In a matter of time I had developed a creative potential utilizing a wide range of techniques that helped me portray visions ranging from rural scenes using old photos, sceneries in nature, to animals. Native America and a number of private orders for customers that wanted pictures of their prized homes, antique automobiles and other ideas.

I prefer working in oils. Recent works include a mixture of mediums: acrylic, watercolors e.g. My drawings range from charcoals, pencils, to felt tipped pens and colored pencils or a mixture of just about anything I can find to finish that piece successfully. I have created a few works in clay, wood, as well in silver thus producing various items from pots, busts, boxes, crossbows, to sculpture and jewelry.

It is impossible for me to count all the objects, people and experiences that have inspired the imagination in me. Some of my earliest memories include: when I was about 12 years. Of age, astounding my father while he was bowling and he noticed the pencil portrait of a bowling buddy I’d done.

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Richard Lee Hogue with one of his works.



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