GRACE HOPKINS has been creating photographs since 1991. She builds a highly energized visual image from a tiny piece of reality. Susan Rand Brown wrote recently in the Banner, Hopkins is "A photographer with the eye and soul of a painter. She creates an image by isolating a fragment of something larger, perhaps a wall, textured and brightly lit, or flickering in shadow. Hopkins' images ask that we take nothing for granted. We are jolted into seeing the smallest detail, something we would rush past, as something unexpected, marvelous and...something quite grand. Hers is a vision rooted in a pure form of abstract expressionism [where] the viewer feels surrounded by the freshness of expressionist imagery and motion, each piece different, each piece allusive yet quite original."
Hopkins states, "My works are photographs, but people think they are paintings. Technically, they are straight photographs taken of actual things that exist in the world and are not manipulated, but they look land feel like abstract paintings. Emotionally, they are all about painting. I search out surface, shadow, light, color and bring them together onto a canvas."