Robert Hansen

"My art springs from a passion for the color and light that I see in nature and the man-made environment, filtered through my imagination."


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Glacier Walk  Acrylic on Board  16 x 20
Lines in the Sand Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 30 $900
Late Winter Storm
Search for Meaning  Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24 $675 framed
Sheltered Reef Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 framed $425

Although I never set out “to paint a scene,” travel in India, Iceland, Arizona, and Hawaii along with the rural environs of Philadelphia where I live have inspired my recent work.  My paintings start with a color pallet. I love opposites—the interaction of hot and cool colors; but I also love contiguous colors on the color wheel as well as the tints and shades of all of these. I like to mix and merge pigments, creating colors new to me and to others. Use of light is important in creating another dimension in the work; if dark conveys mystery and ambiguity, light passages convey discovery and joy. The exposed layers of paint often indicate the path my creative process has taken, and there is no reason to cover all the tracks. I rarely plan a composition letting it evolve in a way that pleases my eye or creates an effect I desire. Accident is an important ingredient in my work; authentic painting requires keeping free to let the unexpected happen. When people ask me what is the meaning of a painting, I tell them it is the pleasure, surprise, excitement, peace, or mystery that I experience and want to share.


I began painting after careers as a college teacher and foreign affairs analyst at the US State Department. What a joy to move from the rational to the intuitive, right side of the brain. I have benefited from the instruction of gifted painters and teachers including Pat Martin, Josh Goldberg, Marsha Staiger and Karen Baumeister. Besides AABC shows, I display my work in independent shows and have appeared in the juried shows of Phillip’s Mill (New Hope, PA), the New Hope Arts Center, Artsbridge (Lambertville, NJ), and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.