Sarah B. Hansen

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I paint to express my connection to the natural world. Each piece has a story, a tap into the unplugged beauty and peace of nature. As a life-long hiker, backpacker and outdoor explorer, I’ve experienced incredible beauty in natural landscapes and ecosystems. I draw from these experiences as inspiration for my work.

Applying texture to gesso layers and collaged materials, discover elements of a “story” in each piece. Layers of squares represent elements of the landscape, whether clouds, trees, rocks, and/or plants. Circles are symbols of the many bird songs in nature. Other materials add further narrative to the story.

I find nature is a release and a spiritual connection back to the self. In an effort to describe this connection, I scribble notes from my backpacking art journals; employing script written into the painting, its land, sky, and grooved into the gesso surface.

As I paint, my first layer of watercolor moves and settles into the surface grooves, creating abstract forms, which begin to suggest natural landscape. I enhance these forms, while playing with the abstract qualities of the paint and forms, leaving the viewer to imagine many parts of the landscape, and feel the unplugged freedom of nature’s space.

In this way, I hope to remind our society about the importance of having space to explore our world and connect to the serenity and peace we find when we unplug from our digital and social culture. I hope to use this platform to start that discussion and continue it by preserving our wild spaces.

See more of Sarah B. Hansen’s art work on her website. Her blog, SBHansenArt, features her workshops and Art Adventures Tours to Italy, Costa Rica, and other adventures.

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