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Sunday, July 10, 2005


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Jennifer Hodis, a Honolulu-born artist who now resides in Pasadena, Calif., painted portraits of "women with curves" for her "Real Women" show at the Pegge Hopper Gallery. Above, an oil on canvas of Hodis's friend Allison.



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Jennifer Hodis has good genes. The Hawaii-born painter, whose collection of figure paintings is now on display at the Pegge Hopper gallery, calls that gallery's namesake "Mom."

Hodis works in watercolor and oils in this exhibit, titled "Real Women," that fills the gallery walls with portraits of "women with curves," aka, her sisters, girlfriends and even daughter Natalie.

"I love the play of highlights against shadow and blues, purples and pinks in flesh," Hodis says about her show. "I paint mostly rounded females because their shape flows more and fills the space better. I also feel women should embrace their curves and appreciate the beauty of their strength."

"Real Women" runs through July 22 at The Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nuuanu Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 524-1160 for more information.



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A self-portrait.



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Hodis captured her 6-year-old daughter Natalie sleeping. Hodis's older sister Poppy, right. Both are oils on canvas.



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Another of Hodis' self- portraits, in watercolor.



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