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Susan Hanson
Saco, Maine

Susan Hanson I am a retired art educator and artist living in Southern Maine. I worked with textiles for many years creating art quilts with hand-dyed, silkscreened and painted fabrics. I am also a photographer. The work I did in textiles, painting with thickened dyes, working with color and silk screening, flowed naturally into painting which is my main interest now. I work in oils and acrylic and like experimenting with texture and using a palette knife. I am inspired by the landscape and ocean. Being in nature gives me a sense of calm and a way to engage the senses. My response to the changing seasons, light, atmosphere, weather and how these elements effect the landscape is what I like to portray in my paintings. These impressions are immediate and stay with me whether it’s walking the beach and observing the shapes of clouds and changing light playing on the water or observing color as the light changes. Places that have inspired me are Baxter State Park, Mt. Desert Island, Mt Agamenticus, Laudholm Farms, Casco Bay, marshes, gardens and beaches. I mainly paint in the studio from quick sketches and color notes on location. I also use my own photographs as reference and play with color and composition. Maine has so many unique qualities and natural beauty and is endlessly inspiring to me as a painter. Exhibits 2023: Creative Spirit- Maine Art Education Association Exhibit 2020: Yarmouth Art Festival 2019: Art Guild of the Kennebunks Exhibit 2019: Yarmouth Art Festival 2018: Art Guild of the Kennebunks Exhibit 2018: Yarmouth Art Festival 2018: Maine Art Education Association Exhibit, Saco Museum 2016: Yarmouth Art Festival 2015: Maine Art Education Association Exhibit, Saco Museum 2012: Maine Art Education Association Exhibit, USM Student Center 2011: Maine Art Education Association Exhibit, Saco Museum Education: BS Art Education, BFA Photography, University of Southern Maine; MECA continuing studies

Mt. Agamenticus, Fall