Hannah has always had a passion for drawing and art. Best known for her portraits of women that capture the essence of beauty and timelessness, Hannah prides herself on being completely individual in her style and approach. Not only has she been featured in newspapers such as The Independent and the Daily Mail, she has travelled to exhibit in Spain, Belgium and Australia. In 2013, she had her first Solo Show at Curious Duke Gallery in London and, in 2014, her second at Fousion Gallery, in Barcelona.
Relatively few people have an idea of exactly what they will end up doing at a young age. Hannah, however, was one of the few for whom the future seemed to be set in stone. Since she was very young, she would spend her spare time drawing, and this interest led to her taking a qualification in Art & Design at college. Following in her father’s footsteps, who had always drawn and painted, she soon found that she had not only a passion for art and design, but also a great talent for it. Her course helped to point her in the direction.
“We used to draw every day, with life drawing once a week. At the time, it was more a matter of just drawing, not having to think about what I was going to paint, which really freed me to experiment. It is where I started to get my style, although, at that time, I was only using acrylics.”
Since finishing her college course, Hannah has set up as an independent artist, and now has great success with the work that she undertakes. She is the first to admit, though, that her working days can often be long and hectic.
“I normally start working between 6 and 7, with a coffee to get me going. I spend the mornings answering and sending emails, and get involved with a lot of social media to reach more people about my work. From there, I will either plan new works by sketching or sourcing reference materials, or continue working on paintings or projects that are currently on the go. The working day for me will finish between 7 and 8 in the evening. I love doing something that I have a real passion for. It doesn’t feel like other jobs; I’m genuinely excited about the start of each day. Painting is the part that I enjoy the most.”
As many artists will testify, the freelancing lifestyle isn’t without its challenges. Hannah found that the hardest thing to do was to quit her job with the aim of pursuing art full time. There was always the risk that she would not be able to make it work, but, luckily, she had the full support of her family, and hasn’t looked back since.
Now that she is firmly established, she is thrilled to have a number of incredibly interesting and varied projects as part of her on-going portfolio. Her artwork holds a great sense of mystical spirituality, and one of the key messages in the pieces is the contradiction within each of her characters. The women she paints can be subtle yet strong, and both bold and delicate at the same time, and it is Hannah’s ability to capture all of this that makes her work so individual.
“When I'm not painting, I'm often found running or biking in the forests. It would be a dream to live in the mountains with an art studio, running in the summer and skiing in the winter. I attempt to capture the feeling of ‘being’ in my paintings, a state of mind where the beauty and timelessness of the world comes into sharp focus.”
Working for yourself and owning your own business is a struggle at times, but Hannah says that she would not change anything about this.
“Sometimes it’s the struggles that make you who you are today. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”