Contemplating Thomas Merton </i>(<i>Street Series</i>)<i>

Contemplating Thomas Merton (Street Series), watercolor on paper, 18" H x 27" W, 2014

About the artist:

Richard Hanson is a native of Fort Dodge, Iowa.  He earned a BA in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and an MA in Painting from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Mr. Hanson is a watercolor artist who has earned many awards for his work.  He exhibits his paintings all over the country, including at the recent National Watercolor Society's 94th International Exhibition in San Pedro, California, the Iowa State Fair, and the 36th Annual Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition.  Mr. Hanson currently teaches Drawing and Painting at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

The artist tells us about his recent work:

"In the Street Series I have attempted to blend a sense of reality with everyday societal issues.  Most of my work seems to gravitate towards life on the street.  A life filled with texture and grit.  An existence filled with dampness, cold, grime, and shadows.  I have conjured up scenes of homelessness, hopelessness, desperation, violence, frustration, and isolation.  These are things I see on the fringes of society.  A moment in time, my perception, a slice of life.  It is my hope to generate a cerebral response in the observer.  Perhaps I can create a moment of fear, loathing, introspection, query or even empathy."

Richard Hanson's website

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on December 16, 2014

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