Elaine Hodges, Violet, LA Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement I am a self-taught artist, and love painting and creating just about anything. Most of my subjects are from everyday life, and living near New Orleans, I enjoy the depicting the flavor and culture of the area. I have sold my items in gift shops and art and craft stores over the years, and also online, including my website, www.creativemoods.com. I have also enjoyed designing patterns for magazines. I have finally gotten back to painting, having to start from scratch since Hurricane Katrina devastated our home town in St.Bernard Parish. It feels good to be creating again.