I believe that the artist sees the world from his point of view and no one else. He or she is unique in how they express this view to the world.
All true art comes from observation and once an artist can "see" how they want to portray the world around them, then they use the tools that they are accustomed to using, whether it is paint, pencil, stone, or fiber.
My artwork has changed over the years, and lately, I am drawn to painting the different hues and light variations that are seen in nature. I enjoy packing up my gear and heading towards a nearby canyon where we live in Colorado Springs, There's something about getting away from the mundane life that we all face, and getting to that unique place in nature.
I am also drawn to setting-up new and unusual objects and finding that "right" composition of simple still life objects to paint. While this has been done perhaps thousands of times before by various artists, each approach is new and different, and each approach has a new challenge of lighting and textural effects to capture.
Lastly, I am drawn to the spiritual. I am a prophetic person and I long to express this view of the world in Biblical and sometimes end-times scenes.
All-in-all my desire is to capture the scene or inspiration that is before me, and then to also invite the world into this scene so that they too, are caught-up in my inspiration as well.
Stephen Hanson---Artist Biography
Stephen grew up in Lindsborg, Kansas and spent his time observing the many things around him that a small town could offer. He grew up going to high school and college in
Lindsborg at Bethany College, graduating in 1978 with B.A in art.
During his late high school and early college years, he spent time developing his style, studying all of the various artists throughout history. He often went and visited the late Lester Raymer, a well-known artist who died in the 1980's. He remembers the times that people would often come to visit Lester, and he would pull the curtains shut because he would rather not talk with the public.
Stephen spent the last 16 years teaching high school art in Colorado Springs, and because of the budget cuts in many schools throughout the nation, he found himself looking for other employment. He decided that now was a good time to devote to his art and to pursue it more seriously. Over the last few years he has packed up his French easel and headed for the nearby canyons and mountains to paint. There are so many different scenes and places that one could paint here. With the changing of the seasons, there are new and different palettes to use, and inspirations to find.
Prior to painting landscapes, Stephen painted many classical-theme still life paintings. He is still fascinated how light plays across different surfaces. Copper kettles or an Oriental vase can be found in many of his still-life arrangements. A Grecian pillar may be juxtaposed next to a strand of ivy, or an old wine bottle. While countless artists have painted still lifes, he believes that each set-up can be original and new, and he strives to oftentimes, capture the classical approach that many in the past were fascinated with. Stephen also has painted several religious and spiritual pieces and finds enjoyment expressing his faith in this way.
Stephen lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Carol, who also is a painter, and daughter Destiny.