Joan Hansen Art

Coronado Regatta


Visual Arts | Painting


Whether using watercolor, oil, or acrylic, Joan Hansen paints with passion and an eye for color. The award-winning vibrant paintings of landscapes, water scenes, wildlife, florals and wine themes express her love of color and nature. Hansen moved from Superior, Wisconsin to Bonita, California, in 1979. She received an Associate of Arts Degree, with Honors, from Southwestern College, and began exhibiting her work in 1986.

"As artists, we have the opportunity to express our unique thoughts and passions through the medium of our choice. Interwoven through my work are threads of organic line and luminous color. The organic lines symbolize my love of nature, and the luminous color expresses my continuing passion for the vibrancy of life. It intrigues me to capture and paint the illusive choreography in Nature's eternal dance of light and shadow."

Walter Foster Publishing, Inc. contracted Hansen to write, illustrate and star in several art instruction products: a DVD entitled Getting Started in Watercolor, which won an "Award of Excellence" for "Best Art Product" at a CHA show. She wrote and illustrated two art instruction books, Floral Scenes, and Flowers. Hansen is a contributing author for Florals and Botanicals, Landscapes, and Color Made Easy, watercolor art instruction books; as well as Acrylic Painting, and Watercolor, which are project kits and books for beginners. She is also a contributing artist in Painting Great Pictures from Photographs, published by Quarto Publishing in England. Splash III, and Splash IV, published by North Light Books, included her work in their books, which reviewed the work of America's best contemporary watercolorists. AcrylicWork 7 is featuring one of her paintings. Hansen's work has also been featured in a number of magazines. Several companies have licensed Hansen's work for a variety of products.

Museum shows include exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center. Hansen's work was selected as a finalist for The Directory of Illustration and Design's competition, and she was invited to participate in RSVP's exhibition at The Society of Illustrators' Main Gallery in New York City. The SmartSpace Art Gallery currently shows her work.

Selected awards include Best of Show for her painting Okapi in the Endangered show at The Studio Door Gallery; inclusion in 50 to Watch, a regional exhibition and national catalog featuring San Diego's professional and emerging visual artists; the San Diego Zoological Society's Zoonooz Award for Best Interpretation of the Theme for her painting Celebrate the Colors of the Wild; Best of Show, San Diego County Fair, for Hansen's website design; a cash award, the Del March Award, for the painting Luminous Surf; two Honorable Mentions for Cowabunga Dude and Exquisite Bouquets, paintings accepted for the San Diego County Fair's Fine Art Exhibit; and a cash award from the National Arts Program, sponsored by the Leonard W E Andrews Foundation of Philadelphia, for her painting Calla Lilies and Lilacs.

Hansen taught acrylic painting and drawing workshops for the Grumbacher Company at Michaels stores in San Diego for five years. While working as an art consultant to elementary schools, Hansen taught students drawing and painting classes. Hansen is an art show jurist, and she gives painting demonstrations and workshops for art associations. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park carried many of Hansen's wildlife posters, and had their logo included on numerous Hansen images. Individuals and corporations throughout the world collect her work.


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