Mark R. Hansen
I am an artist from Portland, Oregon, and a 2003 graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, located in NW Portland.
Although I loved creating works of fantasy in my early years, and caustic political art in my 30's, drawing from life and portraying natural science subjects has been the constant theme running through my work. I simply love creating a drawing or painting that illuminates an aspect of an owl, a wild hare, or perhaps a rare or endangered species. That is not to suggest that I don't enjoy sketching out the occasional “jackalope” or anthropomorphic rabbit character every once in a while! I also enjoy merging typographical elements with the artwork, both as a visual and informative element of the art.
I have simplified my artist's toolkit over the last couple of years and now work almost entirely with pencil, ink, watercolor paints, and other natural water soluble pigments, such as coffee and beer. Recently, I have been creating small, almost miniature works of art, as can be seen in the number of 2.5 X 3.5 inch drawings amongst my offerings here. This too is an expression of my desire to simplify various aspects of my art making.