The Prairie ~ Enduring & Endearing: Paintings by Julie Hansen

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September 12 – November 2, 2014

Julie’s work explores the beauty of the Midwest landscape in a romantic, poetic style that is her own.  She has a special affinity for the tallgrass prairie.  When she is on site, she records the colors she sees, the feel of the grass, the breeze, sunsets and sunrises.  What is most important to her work are the emotive, intangible qualities that are hard to record.  These are what move her to create.  They are the moods of a particular moment, day or season, whether wistful, joyful, peaceful or melancholic.  They can only be put on paper or canvas in her studio.  Her medium of choice is pastel which lends itself to a fresh and lively painting style.  Each piece is painted, by hand, blending and layering pastel with her fingers on a surface that she hand finishes and prepares.  Through her body of work, she hopes to honor this sacred land, it’s rich history and it’s future.

Julie is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.  She has taught privately and for the Kansas City Art Institute Northland Campus.  She is represented by Prairiebrooke Arts in Overland Park, Kansas.  Her work is in private and corporate collections regionally and nationally.  Recently her and her family lived as expats in Melbourne, Australia.  Painting in Australia gave her the experience of working with more, intense light and color which has enhanced her current work.

Julie Hansen works out of her studio in Kansas City, Missouri.  She enjoys life as a wife and a mother of three young children.

The public was invited to meet the artist and view her work at an Opening Reception Friday, September 12th from 4-7 pm.  There was no charge to attend the Opening.