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 Marc R. Hanson  (1955 - )

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Lived/Active: Minnesota/California      Known for: wildlife-birds and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The son of a career Air Force officer, Marc Hanson became a wildlife artist who settled in Minnesota because it was the favorite place he lived when moving around as a child.  He studied for five semesters at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and then returned to Wabasha, Minnesota where his grandparents had lived.  There he met his wife, Anne.

Hanson experimented with watercolor and oil paint and decided his favorite was oil medium, which he used with his wild-fowl subjects.  His style went from photo realism to painterly realism, and he became a plein-air painter of landscapes.

One of his most encouraging teachers and long-time friends was Bill Webster, founder of Wild Wings.  He also credits workshops with Richard Schmid and Zhang Wen Xin as influences on his work.

Marc Hanson has won several awards in the Pastel Journal's 'Pastel 100' competition and in 2001 he became a signature member of the oil Painter's of America.

Editor, "Marc Hanson", Plein Air Magazine, February 2005

Biography from Waterhouse Gallery:
"My painting is a direct reflection of the love and admiration that I have for the environment.  Nature is so complicated, so diverse, yet so harmonious.  My task as a painter is to break down the complexity, look for the simplicity and retain the harmony.  I hope that the viewer of my work will share my admiration for the beauty of the natural world and the need to cherish and protect it."

Marc Hanson teaches plein air landscape painting on a regular basis at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville, MN.  He says: " I love working with other painters in their pursuit to better their craft.  My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely examine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters must follow to become effective visual communicators."  He has shown his work in galleries and museums around the country and the world since the early 1980's.

To further his own knowledge, Hanson has studied with Richard Schmid and Zhang Wen Xin.  He is a Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America and a professional member of The National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters. Hanson has placed twice in The Pastel Journal's 'Pastel 100' competition, and won an Award of Excellence at the Oil Painter's of America. National Exhibit in 2000.

Art Center College of Design ~ Pasadena, CA 1976 -1978; Sierra College ~ Rocklin, California 1973 - 1976.

Pastel Journal ~ 2003 PASTELS 100 ~ Fifth Place Landscape ~ Two Honorable Mention Awards, Landscape
Pastel Journal ~ 2002 PASTELS 100 ~ Second Place Landscape
Awarded Signature Status, Oil Painters of America ( O.P.A.) 2001
Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Gallery Ameri-cana ~ Carmel, California 2000 Par Excellence Award, EAA Aviation Art Exhibit ~ Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1999

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