Marc Hanson


About the Artist:

Artist’s Statement:
A viewer of my paintings wrote to me recently and had this to say, “Your landscapes are so evocative, for me so emotional. You have a gift for portraying more than realism in your landscapes-not something fantastical, but something simultaneously approachable and not. Not everyone will do what you do, but so many of us are deluded or ambitious enough to aspire to.” This very generous and kind statement describes exactly how I would hope that my art is received by those who view it. I try to live up to this ideal with each painting.

One of the reasons that I’m a visual artist is that 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, the Midwest in particular, and my desire to communicate that deep seeded love is what drives my work. Painting is the vehicle for my expression of that love. My purpose is not to replicate the specific or dwell on the spectacular, as much as it is to observe the specific and to discover the beauty in the seemingly unspectacular. My goal is to paint a sense of place and what that means to me as an artist.

Typically my work is painted on location during all seasons of the year. The paintings created on location are painted on a smaller scale in oils. The smaller scale of these paintings allows me to capture those fleeting moods, and quickly changing light or weather effects. I’ve painted this way, en plein air, for many years now, and have completed many, many hundreds of these studies. Most of these small paintings are painted either on linen or primed board and are completed in one to one and half hours.

The studies represent my immediate reaction to the subject matter and are a record of that short period in time. Just as importantly, they build an enormous library of visually recallable information that is indispensable to me in the studio. When working on larger paintings in the studio, studies and the memory of the time and place are invaluable to me and form the basis for much of my studio work.

My most recent work has been to create large landscape paintings, as large in scale as those painted in the studio, entirely on location. Some of these paintings are completed in one session, others are completed over a longer period of time lasting several sessions. The challenge that working from life in this way presents is overridden by the benefit to my understanding of light and color on the landscape, and the authenticity that it brings to my paintings. I foresee my art continuing to move in this direction, major works mostly completed on site.

Art Center College of Design - Pasadena, California 1976 -1978
Sierra College - Rocklin, California 1973 - 1976

Door County Plein Air Festival - Featured Artist of the Year 2011
Door County Plein Air Festival - Artist's Choice 2nd place, Juror's Award for best portfolio 2nd place - 2010
Canvoo Bold Brush Competition, 2nd Place 2009, 2010 Finalist Oils, Finalist Pastel.
John Marion Pardy Landscape Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of Americas 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition-Legacy Gallery-Scottsdale, AZ 2010
Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of Americas 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition-Sage Creek Gallery-Santa Fe, NM 2009
Presidents Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition - Whistle Pik Gallery - Fredericksburg, Texas 2007
Phipps Center for the Arts - 2006 Members Exhibition - Award of Distinction International Artist - 2006 Landscape Challenge ~-Finalist Pastel Journal - 2004 PASTELS 100 - Honorable Mention Award, Landscape
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

Cape Cod National Seashore 50th Anniversary Exhibit - Cape Cod Museum of Art/Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA - 2011
Coleman Fine Art 'Wet Paint' - Charleston, SC ~ 2011 Creative Convergence: Cape Cod - Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA - 2011
Creative Convergence: San Miguel - Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA - 2010
SAS Beaux Arts Auction - Scottsdale, AZ - 2010
The Value of Black and White - Penninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI - 2010
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Devin Gallery, Cour d' Alene, ID - 2011
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ - 2010
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - 2009
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Dana Gallery, Missioula, MT - 2008
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredricksburg, TX - 2007
Salon International 2007 - Greenhouse Gallery - San Antonio, TX - 2007
Small Paintings Exhibit - Waterhouse Gallery - Santa Barbara, CA - 2007
Coleman Fine Art - ‘Nocturnes’, Marc Hanson, John Cosby, and Mary Whyte - 2006
American Legacy Gallery ~ Summer Show, Marc Hanson, Mark Feckinger, and Jeff Legg 2006
Oil Painters of America 14th Annual National Exhibit - Hilligoss Gallery - Chicago, Illinois - 2005
American Legacy Gallery ~ ‘Summer Group Show’ - 2004
Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Exhibit - Hilligoss Gallery ~ Chicago, Illinois - 2004
Coleman Fine Art - Charleston, South Carolina
Waterhouse Gallery - Santa Barbara, California
Nichol’s Taos Fine Art Gallery - Taos, New Mexico
American Legacy Gallery - 'The Beauty of Traditional Landscapes’ - Kansas City,Missouri 2003
Water Street Gallery - Saugatuck, Michigan
Meadow Creek Gallery presents ‘Marc Hanson’ - Edina, Minnesota 2003 ‘Premier Collection” Group Show - Meadow Creek Gallery - Edina, Minnesota, 2002 ‘Art du Jour’ - Meadow Creek Gallery, Edina - Minnesota 2002
Christmas Miniatures - Meadow Creek Gallery - Edina, Minnesota 2001
Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Exhibit - Hilligoss Galleries ~ Chicago, Illinois 2003
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Zantman Art Galleries - Palm Desert, California 2001
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Gallery Americana - Carmel, California 2000
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit - Vanier Fine Art - Scottsdale, Arizona 1999
Minnesota Landscapes - River Gallery - St. Paul, Minnesota 1997 Rochester Art Center - Rochester, Minnesota
-Southeastern Minnesota Landscapes-Seven Points of View 1995
- Minnesota Landscape Painters 1993
- Southeastern Minnesota Artists Exhibit 1989
Fall Classics Art Show - White Oak Gallery - Edina, Minnesota & Ponderosa Art
Gallery - Hamilton, Montana since 1985
Gateway Gallery - Albuquerque, New Mexico
American Miniatures - Settler’s West Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona
Talisman Gallery - Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Cornucopia Art Center - Lanesboro, Minnesota
Jack Dennis’ Wyoming Gallery - Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson Rendezvous - Claggett/Rey Gallery - Vail, Colorado
Buffalo Museum of Science - Buffalo, New York
High Desert Museum - Bend, Oregon
Beijing Museum of Natural History - People’s Republic of China
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum - Honolulu, Hawaii
Santa Barbara Museum - Santa Barbara, California
Frye Art Museum - Seattle, Washington
‘Nature of the Beast’ - Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art - Loretto, Pennsylvania
‘ Birds in Art ‘ - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Wausau, Wisconsin
National Geographic Society Exhibit - Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC
Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition - Charleston, South Carolina
Easton Waterfowl Festival - Easton, Maryland
Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
British Museum of Natural History - London, England
Royal Scottish Academy - Edinburgh, Scotland

The Hamilton Collection, Illustrator - 1993 - 1995
Nice Man Merchandising, Illustrator - 1990 - 1993
National Screenprint, Illustrator - 1986 - 1989
National Geographic Society, Illustrator - 1983 - 1984
Rakela and Company Design Studio - Sacramento, California - Staff Illustrator

Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.) - Signature Member

American Art Collector, ‘Nocturnes’, 2006, Creative Convergence 2010, 2011
International Artist Magazine, Landscape Finalist, Issue 47 Feb/Mar 2006
Plein Air Magazine, Feature Story and Demonstration, February 2005
The Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 2002, 2003, 2004
Sporting Classics Magazine, Feature Story 1993
National Geographic Society ‘A Field Guide to North American Birds’, 1984