Donna Hanson

I am an artist living and creating in my home studio in Camrose AB. While I paint in many mediums (acrylic, watercolor and cold wax/oil), Encaustic art is my first love. Painting with beeswax and fire is truly magic and I like to say I create Art for the Senses.

I have always been creative however I have been seriously immersing myself in my artwork for over 20 years.

While I create in many media my favorite exploration is working in the ancient art of Encaustic which is painting with melted beeswax mixed with damar resin. I love the sensuality of applying hot wax to board and manipulating with flame.  It has unique qualities that can only be achieved through layers and layers of wax to achieve the final look, whether it be polished to glass like perfection or highly textured, encaustic paintings invite the viewer to come closer to touch and feel the workIt truly is Art For The Senses!

I am inspired by the prairie landscape and nature.  I love the play of light on the landscape, the darkness that moves across the land during an approaching storm or an abandoned building sitting in a field of bright yellow canola set against a summer blue sky or that soft silence that envelopes the world during the first snowfall.  I am attempting to incorporate these feelings into my work and through it, to invite the viewer to participate through their own memories and imagination.

I believe that creativity is in all of us – it is our fears that hold us back. With that in mind, I have been able to explore and push myself to create. 

In addition to selling my work at art shows and markets, I also offer studio classes in my home studio as well as being available to travel to present a workshop or demonstration in encaustic painting.  I love introducing others to this art form and all it can do.

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