Eleanor Hughes is a representational painter and collage artist. She has a BFA from the University of Georgia. She also studied with Louise Freshman Brown of the University of North Florida and Wook-Kyung Choi of South Korea. In addition, she participated in a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and studied painting at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 2016 she attended a residency in Costa Rica, which instigated a project she is constructing about the women who built their neighborhood.
Hughes’s figurative collage is bold and colorful often incorporating graphic elements to tell a story that comments on women in today’s world. Her lotus pond series reflects a fascination with the natural world and a passion for line and color. Her work has been influenced by her travels in Mexico, Spain, and Portugal. She has participated in numerous group and several one person shows.
After graduating from college she taught art in public schools and later opened a design studio in St. Augustine, Florida, specializing in silkscreened and painted fabrics and clothing. Her surface design and paintings won numerous awards throughout the southeast.
Eleanor served as president of Hughes Bowman Design Group, a design and production company specializing in museums and parks. The company was headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, from 1993–2013.
She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and creative partner, Curtis Bowman.