Laurel Hanson

    Laurel spent her first eight years on a farm in rural Nebraska. Her family moved to South Dakota where she graduated from high school and then attended Montana State University in Bozeman, earning a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Art classes were a part of the curriculum and she learned about color, texture, perspective drawing, shades and shadows and the nuances of early morning and late afternoon light. She worked in the field of architecture for about forty years and spent her leisure time photographing landscapes and flowers. She took a three-year sabbatical in her thirties and was a Peace Corps Volunteer to the Fiji Islands. She returned to architecture and later earned a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
    During this time she worked on early PTSD issues, processing the depths of her emotions, soul, and spirit. It was at this time that she was able to reintegrate and free herself to express the depths of her soul.
    After retiring Laurel visited a friend who suggested that she take up painting. Laurel taught herself using basic painting books and experimenting with various techniques while working on landscapes and flowers. She became dissatisfied with some of her paintings and had a dry spell for a couple of months. During that time she reread “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron and “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. She realized she needed to tap into the right side of her brain so she began painting with her left hand allowing her inner self-free expression.
    She creates dancing free-form figures in her abstract paintings that reflect her uncensored view of the universe, her surroundings, her feeling, soul, and spirit. She continues to experiment with materials and techniques and uses lines, textures, and colors to create images that touch viewers’ souls and raises their spirits.

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