Sarah B. Hansen

Art that invites us to treasure the wilderness, and consider ways to lesson our impact.

Oregon's badlands, Mixed media by Sarah B Hansen

Wanderings, Badlands Hike East of Bend    details


Journeys in Nature
An Artists Explorations of Pacific NW Trails



Our June show features a new collection of acrylic and mixed media paintings and from local artist Sarah B Hansen. Inspired by her Pacific Northwest hikes, and witnessing the increasing challenges of human impact on wilderness areas, Sarah has created this selection of new work to focus both on what it means to experience the unaffected wilderness, and how we may consider a more nurturing role in the caring of our wild spaces. With a focus on Central Oregon in this body of work, Sarah explores our local trails and the sights among them. “Hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest for the past 30+ years has given me an insight into how the landscape has changed due to an increasing amount of people and their impact on wild spaces. Our fellow living beings need these wild spaces to remain lush. We are caretakers of such spaces.”


Hiking from Jack Lake to Three-fingered Jack in Oregon, painting by Sarah B Hansen

Simple Pleasures, Jack Lake to Three Fingered Jack Hike     details


Sarah’s mixed media work is composed from her experiences as an outdoor explorer. She creates a story for each landscape by applying layered texture into a wet gesso base on a birch panel. Stories unfold through elements of collage, imprints of foliage and circles, and/or scripted lyrics. Collaged papers represent clouds, trees, rocks or other natural forms. Circles represent area bird songs.
“I find it necessary to use more than just my paint and a paintbrush to describe my connection to nature. In using a textural base of collage and imprinted foliage as well as other impressions, I can deepen the connection between the viewer and the landscape.”


Kayaking on Oregon's Hosmer Lake, painting by Sarah B Hansen

Delightful Balance, Kayaking on Hosmer Lake    details


Sarah also scripts handwritten calligraphy into some of her work,
furthering the narration of the work.
“Writing has been ingrained in me since the beginning.
My mother is a writer. As a child, my life was enriched by her stories and love of words.
Employing written script into paintings evokes a mood that I feel needs to be expressed.
These words usually come from 19th century writers and poets.”


Sarah B Hansen paints Sparks Lake from the Ray Atkeson Trail

Sweet Earth Scents, Sparks Lake Ray Atkeson Trail     details

“In painting local landscapes, I hope to bring to mind how much we, as humans,
enjoy wild spaces as a place to escape and heal. In considering ourselves
caretakers of such spaces, we can ensure their continued existence.” 




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and to purchase.

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As a contemporary landscape artist, I paint to express my connection to the natural world, using mixed media. Each piece is a tap into the unplugged beauty and peace of nature. As a life-long outdoor explorer, I’ve experienced beauty in natural landscapes and ecosystems. I draw from these experiences as inspiration for my work.


My Process

I apply texture to gesso layers to discover elements of a “story” in each piece. Layers of squares represent elements of the landscape, grass or leaves are imprinted into the surface and imprints of circles are symbols of bird song. 

I find nature is a release and a spiritual connection back to the self. In an effort to describe this connection, I scribble words into my paintings. Notes from my backpacking art journals, nature writings or poetry become a part of the visual surface and establish a connection to the viewer.

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 culture. I hope to use this platform to start that discussion and continue it by preserving our wild spaces.


Wildland Bird Series

Birding has been a passion in my life since 6th grade. In 2019, I decided to paint birds from my life list. Always seeking new species, my list continues to expand. These are birds from near and far, dependent on my travels. With each sale, I donate a percentage of my proceeds to the Audubon Society. 


Awards and Other Notes

I have won awards for my paintings and have collectors ranging up the West Coast from Alaska to California, the Midwest, Colorado, Italy and Paris. I am a member of American Women Artists, National Association of Women Artists, Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists, and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

When I’m not painting, hiking, or traveling from my Pacific Northwest home and studio, I teach watercolor and painting techniques regionally, nationally and abroad. In 2016, I began Art Adventures, where I provide art retreats to varying locations. During these retreats, I teach daily art lessons as we experience local culture and food, friendship, art immersion, and spirituality of the land.

See more of Sarah B. Hansen’s art work , workshop schedule, art retreats, prints and blog on her website. 

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