The artist:

Inger Hodgson

Inger was born in Lund, Sweden. She got her Master's degree in Archaeology, Russian and English Languages and Literature from the University of Gothenburg. In 1961 she married Peter Hodgson and moved to New Haven, Connecticut. In 1966 the Hodgson family moved to Venice, California, where Inger took her first portrait course with Vicki Dolnick. In 1975-76 the family took a sabbatical and Inger studied at TBV-konstskola in Helsingborg, and at L'academie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris.

In 1976 the Hodgsons moved to Malibu, California, where Inger showed, won prizes, and ran a portrait-drawing and painting workshop for the Malibu Art Association for almost two decades. Inger studied Old Masters with Jan Saether, 1976-78, sculpted heads and cast them with Martine Vaugel, designed and built stained glass windows, and spent parts of two summers painting with Francoise Gilot and Joe Mugniani at USC, Idyllwild.

In 1984-86 Inger received her most exacting training in Florence, Italy, at the Studio Cecil-Graves, now Charles H. Cecil Studios Inc. There she worked from casts and live models mastering the technique of "sightsize". Inger aspires to drawings in the vein of Holbein and Ingres, and to oils where Sargent and Zorn set the example.

In the summer of 1990 Inger took a class to Florence to teach the portrait at the Cecil Studio. This was Dream Come True I. In 1994 Inger was employed as a teacher at the Cecil Studio. In 1996 she acquired a studio in Höganäs, Sweden, and in 1997 Dream Come True II was offered. In 1997 Inger taught sight-size drawing and painting and the self-portrait to a class of 12 students at the Bagamoyo Sculpture Project in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. In 1999, came Dream Come True III, in 2000 Dream Come True IV. Then came V, VI and VII, all in Florence

Inger is by now a portrait painter in demand. She does commissions in many countries of people from all walks of life. The sentence "we are so happy to have found you" has been uttered more than once. There has been a scarcity of portrait artists in the '90s. Inger is represented by the Swedish Portrait Archives of the Swedish National Museum of Fine Art (Hovslagargatan 2, 103 24 Stockholm) and she is a member of the American Portrait Society.

In 2015 Inger´s portrait of Agneta Nilsson, founder of SWEA, was accepted into the collection of the National Gallery of Sweden.

The portrait was displayed at the castle of Gripsholm, the National Portrait Gallery of Sweden, the summer of 2017.