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Marc Hanson was born in Oxnard, California. His father was a talented artist so he grew up with his dad's paintings and cartoons all around the house. Doing art work of some kind was a common activity all through his youth.
Marc began college as a biology major because of a lifelong interest in birds and other wildlife. He soon realized that his interest was an aesthetic one so he applied and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California majoring in illustration. After graduation from Art Center College of Design, Marc moved to Minnesota in 1979 where he lived and painted for many years. He now resides in Colorado.
Oil - 30" x 36"
"I’m a visual artist because it has always been more effective for me to share my excitement about the natural world through visual means, painting or drawing, than it has been through writing or speaking about it. My love of the land and my desire to communicate that deep seeded love is what drives my work. "
'San Miguel de Allende Nocturne'
Oil - 9" x 12"
Marc has shown his work in galleries and museums around the country and the world since the early 1980's. He has studied with some of our great painters, like Richard Schmid, Zhang Wen Xin and Dan McCaw to further his own knowledge.
He is a signature member of The Oil Painters of America. Marc has won a number of national awards including placing in The Pastel Journal's 'Pastel 100' competition in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Marc earned the Award of Excellence at the O.P.A. National Exhibit in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2010 for his paintings.
'Right or Left?'
Oil - 24" x 30"
He teaches plein air landscape painting workshops around the country including the Scottsdale Artists School and at his home in Colorado. 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."