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Young artist driven by creativity, food

Olivia Hodgson loves nothing more than creating art, but sushi is a close second.

“I want to show them that no matter what your upbringing is or how much money or how creative you are, you can make some beautiful and moving pieces of artwork that the rest of the world needs to see and enjoy,” Hodgson said.

Hodgson, 21, is the daughter of Geoffrey and Lisa Hodgson of Brookhaven. She has two younger sisters and two younger brothers — Lilly, Emma, William and John.

Hodgson was homeschooled from the time she was in first grade to graduation. She then attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and majored in art.

After receiving her associate’s degree in 2018, she transferred to Southeastern Louisiana University, where she majoring in art with a focus in sculpture. She plans to attain a master’s in fine arts.

Hodgson loves all kinds of food, but sushi has a special place in her heart. Her favorite is a crawfish and crab roll at OEC.

When she’s not creating artwork she’s crocheting or reading. Her taste in literature covers all genres and she also enjoys watching autobiographical documentaries.

Hodgson, who attends Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven, believes her best quality is her ability to look at things with a positive perspective. Her biggest goal in life is to be a good role model to other artists.

In five years, she sees herself having her own art studio out in the country, with all of her work on display, so that others can come look at her work — and so she can make good food for them.

Story by Gracie Byrne