Polly Ann Hobbs
Gresham resident, Polly Ann Hobbs, passed away Monday evening, July 27th, 2020. She was 91.
Polly Hobbs, also known as PoHo, was a confident accomplished artist, educator, writer, illustrator,
caregiver and a mother figure and friend to many.
She started her art career her senior year of high school when she submitted the winning design for the Pasadena City float for the 1946 Pasadena Rose Parade in Los Angeles, California. She married Bill Hobbs on August 15, 1948. In the 1950's she taught private art lessons while raising her four children.
In 1960 she and her family moved from Los Angeles to
Portland, Oregon where she taught for a private college
and continued working as a freelance illustrator. In 1970,
after finishing her degrees at Portland State University,
she began teaching Art and Drama at Rowe Middle
School in Clackamas, Oregon until 1974 when she settled
down at Barlow High School in Gresham teaching art
and drama. During this time, she continued illustrating
children's books, cookbooks and commercial art
illustrating fruit and vegetable labels for local processors.
She was also chosen to illustrate the Portland Symphony
Calendar 2 years in a row and from that exposure her
demand as an artist and illustrator quickly grew.
She retired from Barlow High School in 1992 and started
teaching water color painting for Mt. Hood College
and several private galleries. All the while continuing to
illustrate books, calendars and any other jobs that came
her way. She was hired to design Nutcrackers that were
manufactured in Germany then imported and distributed
in America. In 1990 she started writing and illustrating
her own how-to books, "Bet-chu-can-do-it Snowflakes".
All five volumes were written, designed, printed and
distributed by her with all proceeds going to women and
children's homeless shelters in the Portland Metro area.
She held many one-woman shows with her watercolors
of flowers, portraits and landscapes. She specialized in
teaching her own method of painting clear glass and had
a large following of students.
Polly is survived by four children; daughters Cindy
(Jim) Stewart, Michal (Hobbs-Bodey) Grey and sons
Bill (Terri) Hobbs and Matthew Hobbs along with eleven
Grandchildren, thirteen Great-Grandchildren and three
Great-Great-Grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by
her husband, Bill Hobbs, sister Peggy Casey and brother
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.