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The Sketchbook


Simon B. Hodges

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Simon B. Hodges of Hillview Studio

Welcome to my sketchbook

This is my personal digitalized sketchbook of drawings, paintings, events and ideas materializing from Hillview Studio in Larkhall, Bath. This will give you everything you need to know about me, my work, where to find it and hopefully how I could help you in some small 'artistic' way. If you wish to know more, please just ask.

Simon Hodges PS, n. Landscape and townscape painter; architect (no longer practicing professionally); married; live and work in Larkhall on the eastern side of Bath; works in charcoal, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil from en pleine sketches used for finished studio work. Member of The Pastel Society and invited artist at various other locations. 

For further information and if you have more time, read on......I was born in Mitcham in Surrey and have loved sketching and painting for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I was featured several times in local newspapers sketching at public events and held impromptu sketching classes for friends but I am far more self-conscious about doing this now! I went to university in Cardiff to study architecture and then worked in London, Bath, Frome, Oxford and Yeovil as both a job architect, an associate and eventually as a Partner and then Director . Most of my architectural work was for schools and hospitals but also included small house extensions (including Hillview Studio) offices, hotels, libraries and a mosque. 

I have never liked the word 'job' and the thought of 'retirement' is alarming and to me 'a vocation' has always meant a calling to something one loves doing. There is no reason why this cannot extend to numerous jobs that need to be done rather than an exclusive few. After being convinced that I was not ready for art school (and in hindsight my advisers were right,) I qualified as an architect and loved it most of the time. However, by 1999 the pencil and brush whilst becoming less important than computers and committees were calling me to leave all the stress behind. So with encouraging comments from my wife and knowledgeable friends in the art world and a few false starts, I began a new vocation as a landscape painter.

Apart form the early influences of an enthusiastic art teacher at Wimbledon College, my own technique is largely self-taught with numerous visits to art galleries, reading about my artistic heroes and much trial and error rather than any formal training. After originally loving the art work of Roger Dean, it is the work of J.M.W. Turner and the watercolourists of the 18th & 19th centuries that have been my lasting influence with The Impressionists not far behind. Whilst this covers a wide range of artistic endeavour, my preoccupation lies in the 'impressionist' sketch directly from nature (en pleine aire) to the 'impressionist' studio sketch working up an idea and/or composition to finally the finished work. The finished work can often be no more than 'the studio sketch' but in the end I must be happy that the finished painting reflects the atmosphere and interest for me of a particular place or landscape. My technique, I hope, will constantly evolve, but capturing the atmosphere of a place and quality of light is the goal and finding my own 'voice' is an on-going journey which will only end when I eventually run out of steam.

Working on a piece of work is always dictated by time, practicalities and mood and therefore my way of working is varied. It will usually involve taking memories and sketches (drawings, paintings, photographs) back to the studio but it may very occasionally mean completing a piece of work 'en-pleine aire' although usually it is a combination of the two methods. I have no problem with the use of photography as a method of recording information but I do so because time is often too short to do otherwise. The sketch section in my electronic sketchbook shows work done out on the road although it may crop up elsewhere.

Currently I work in pencil, charcoal, pastel (in its many forms), watercolour, acrylic and oil but more recently I have begun using a mixture of media. The City of Bath and even Larkhall are a constant inspiration given the quality of architecture; the light that plays on it and the fact that both places are on my doorstep, but travel, changing seasons and variable weather give me many sources of material. Thankfully, the main difficulty is choosing what to paint in the limited time available and I also take the time to try and give a different intepretation to some of my favourite subjects.

Since 2017, I have been a member of The Pastel Society and in 2021 was elected as vice president. I have also been a professional member of SAA until 2019 when I have decided that I could not give enough time to this group of artists. I am always happy to talk to people interested in seeing how other artists' work but I always emphasise that I am not a teacher as there are those much better equipped to do this and, selfishly, I want to just paint. However, I am genuinely happy to discuss my approach to painting and to show work at various stages of completion and simply be open to anyone interested in the painting process and how I may be able to help them. I believe strongly that the best thing about painting is not a finished painting or even the final sale but the painting process itself where I lose myself 'in the zone.' It keeps me sane although I accept that a satisfactory finished result and working 'breaks' in my garden also help. The next most exciting thing is believing that the next painting will be even better. Anxiety and depression is something I live with but work is a distraction that helps to keep me in a happier place.

                  Happiness comes from liking what you do; 
not doing what you like.

As for showing my work, I have made it a rule to never make overtures to any gallery but let them approach me if they see something that they like. I know, from first hand experience, that they have many artists approaching them all the time. Early on I organised my own exhibitions but currently open my studio once a year and spend more time submitting work to national exhibitions to reach a wider audience and enjoy working with galleries that invite me to exhibit. To my knowledge, paintings have gone to small private collections in Australia, USA, Europe, Asia and South Africa. For details of the societies & galleries where work can currently be seen, please go to my Gallery and Exhibition sections or read my latest update. For more details about my background up until now go to my curriculum vitae.

I am one of a group of artists in Larkhall who open up their studio annually during The Larkhall Festival held over the first May Bank Holiday each year (see All are welcome to visit and have a chat and I am always happy to answer genuine emails. I also open the garden for various garden trails.

If you would like to know more or would like to visit my studio at anytime by appointment, just drop me a line to I prefer email to the telephone but just reach me anyway you can as I am not a fan of the mobile phone.

All the best


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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Education

1977-81 Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff Architectural Science 1st Class Honours
B.Arch (Wales) Distinction

1992-1993 West of England University, Bristol
M.Sc Construction Management

Professional Qualifications/Practice/Awards

1978 Winner of Welsh Measured Drawing Competition
1979 Represented Welsh School of Architecture in National Drawing Competition
1979-80 Architectural Practice in Wimbledon. Work on mosques, offices and private houses
1981-82 Architectural Practice in Victoria, London. Work on hotels and private houses
1984 onwards Architects Registration Council of The United Kingdom
1985- 2010 (?) Royal Institute of British Architects
1983-1991 Bath & Frome Architectural Practice (Associate & Partner) Clients included The Royal School, Kingswood School, Monkton School and Park School in Bath; Marlborough College; Clayesmore School; The American Museum, Bath; Norland Nursery Training College, Hungerford and Bath University
1993-1996 Yeovil, Oxford & London Architectural Practice (Associate) Clients included Yeovil Hospital; Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and Exeter Hospital
1996 Winner of Open Design Competition for New Glastonbury Library
1996-1999 Private Architectural Practice and modelmaker (Bath) Schools, private houses, commercial and hospital.
2000 onwards- Invited artist at Le Corre Gallery, Bradford on Avon
2009 Highly Commended in Bath Prize Competition, The Octagon, Bath
2010-19 SAA Professional Artist. Artist of The Year winner in The Building Category in 2010.
2010 Highly Commended in Bath Prize Exhibition, The Octagon, Bath
2010 Invited artist at The Bath Gallery, Bath
2010/11 Invited artist at LeFort Gallery, Bath
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Trail
2014 Winner of Escoda Barcelona Award for an outstanding landscape at Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Mall Galleries, London.
2014 onwards- Invited artist at Castle Fine Art, Bath
2015 onwards- Invited artist at Widbrookgrange Hotel, Bradford on Avon
2016 Invited to join Mall Gallery Artist website
2017 Elected to Membership of The Pastel Society
2018 Winner of Derwent Sponsors Award at The Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London.
2021 Elected vice president of The Pastel Society UK

Group Exhibitions

National Childrens' Drawing Competition (London); National Architectural Student Design & Drawing Exhibition (London); Bath Library; Bradford on Avon Library; Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition (Architecture); Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition (Art); Le Corre Gallery (Bradford on Avon); Castle Fine Art Gallery (Bath); Sadler Gallery (Wells); First Sight Gallery (Bath); Bath Society Open Exhibition (Victoria Gallery,Bath); No.1 The Royal Crescent Shop(Bath); The Royal Crescent Hotel (Bath); The Theatre Royal (Bath); SAA National Exhibition; The Grant Bradley Gallery (Bristol); The Bath Gallery; The Octagon, Bath; Building of Bath Museum Collection; Larkhall Artists' Winter Show; LeFort Gallery, Bath; The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London); Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London); The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries); New English Art Club Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London.); Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh (The Pastel Society); Chapel Arts Gallery, Cheltenham (The Pastel Society)

Solo Exhibitions

2003 "A Moment in Time" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2004 "In a Different Light" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2005 "Drawing on Bath" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2005 "Changing Moods" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2006 "A Further Step" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2007 "All about Bath" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2007 "Drawn to Water" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2008 "An Architect's Eye" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2008 "St. Michael's & The City" (St. Michael's Church, Bath)
2009 "A Bath for All Seasons" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2009 on going- Open Studio at Hillview Studio, Bath
2013 "Larkhall at night" (Larkhall)
2013 "Britain" at LeCorre Gallery

Private Collections, Commissions, Publishing, Printing and miscellaneous.

Work in private collections in UK, USA, Australia, Denmark, France, Asia, South Africa; 30 charcoal paintings for Rode Manor House; featured in local newspapers and magazines; cards and limited edition prints including No.1, The Royal Crescent, The Theatre Royal, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Bradford on Avon Tourist Centre. Personally sponsored local school art competition.

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News & Exhibitions

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2022

Runs from Thursday 17 to 26 February
The Mall Galleries 
Go to for details and days when I will be giving talks in the gallery.

Larkhall Open Studios 2022

There is no news as yet as to whether the art trail will take place but Hillview Studio Garden and garden studio will be open as part of the Larkhall Festival Garden Trail. For details please go to Larkhall Festival website

Hillview Studio; 12 Hillview Road, Larkhall. Bath. BA1 6NX.

Castle Fine Art Gallery, Bath

Invited artist. Paintings available in gallery. Most work concentrated in and around Bath.






LeCorre Gallery

Invited artist. Work also framed by gallery. Various new work of Bradford Avon, National Trust properties and other British/European subjects subjects.

Widbrookgrange Hotel

A collection of paintings illustrating local scenes hanging in reception rooms. Visit for drink, a meal or to stay.

There are a selection of paintings on display in the hotel which are all for sale. If you would like to know more please speak to the hotel and/or Andre LeCorre at his gallery.

WIDBROOKGRANGE Trowbridge Road, Bradford on Avon. BA15 1UH. Tel. 01225 864750.








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Art Galleries & Societies

New work and information about the artist can be found in the following galleries and art groups:

Hillview Studio

Studio of artist. By appointment with artist only.
Early finished work unframed and framed on display.
Small groups welcome to discuss work & see what goes on behind the finished work (see contact details for more information.)

Hillview Studio, 12 Hillview Road, Larkhall. Bath. BA1 6NX.
Tel: 01225 331448

Castle Fine Art, Bath Gallery

Invited Artist to Gallery; Main outlet for finished oils, acrylic and charcoals of Bath and London.

13 Old Bond Street, Bath. BA1 1BP.
Tel: 01225 789298

Le Corre Gallery, Bradford on Avon

Invited Artist to gallery. Also framer to artist and main outlet for both framed and unframed watercolours, charcoals, acrylics and oils of a variety of places.

The Tithe Barn Workshop, Barton Farm, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LF
Tel: 01225 868661


Invited artist with work hung in reception rooms and bars illustrating the local landscape.

Widbrookgrange Hotel
Trowbridge Road.
Bradford on Avon.
BA15 1UH.
Tel. 01225 864750

Mall Gallery Website - paintings for sale

Invited to display work on 'For sale' artist's website. Contact through Mall Galleries and not artist. No work currently on display.

The Pastel Society or

Larkhall Open Studios

Larkhall Open Studio Trail. Information on local artists and those appearing each first May Bank Holiday on our Art Trail as part of The Larkhall Festival. Website updated annually. Due to close from Feb. 2019.

Bath Open Studios

For information about Larkhall Art Trail and other Bath Art Trails held during whole of May.


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Contact the Artist

Simon B. Hodges PS


This electronic sketchbook has not been designed as a sales catalogue and I apologize that no prices are given. However, as a very general guide (and depending on size, medium, framing etc.) work can range from £100 to £3000-£4000 at the current time (2019). Accurate prices are only available at each individual gallery or directly from myself. However, if there are any images that appear on the site of interest to you (and some will already have been sold), please give me a ring (answering machine if I am not in at 01225 331448) or preferably email me at and I can let you know. A limited range of older work may be seen by a visit arranged to my studio and the price will reflect this fact. Although seldom done due to cost, work may allow for posting safely but payment by cheque (or other agreed arrangement) must be made prior to shipment. Add approximately £100-£150 postage and packing (as of 2019) on top of image cost (dependant on size, weight & address.)

For further information about the following:

Contact; Simon Hodges PS at 12 Hillview Road, Larkhall, Bath. BA1 6NX.

Tel: 01225 331448.

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