Loading her brush with rich color and thick, viscous paint, Hannah Shook is a painter's painter - known for her expressive, passionate work. Her process is an intuitive dance "...a painterly celebration where the brush strokes are like the flaring dress during a flamenco dancer's performance - vibrant, sensual, colorful, emotional and alive."
Enamored with art from the time she could hold a crayon, Hannah attended children's classes at Cranbrook Institute in her native Michigan. She graduated from Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design, in Detroit, and studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art...(read more)
... During her single parent child rearing years, she taught kindergarten/pre-school and kept her art passion alive by attending workshops and classes every chance she got, first in Michigan, then Colorado at the Denver Art Students League and Anderson Ranch, and at the Taos Art School in New Mexico.
Hannah has always sought to express the almost uncontainable vitality "life force" that she experiences in nature. An early influence on her work was Chaim Soutine, a painter who worked sointensely, clutching a handful of brushes at once, that at the end of a painting session he would collapse, brushes scattering. Encountering his "Red Gladiolas" as a teenager, Hannah perceived all of life expressed in that red paint. She found kindred spirits in the abstract expressionists, especially Willem DeKooning, with their belief in the physicality of the paint and the marks freely made by the artist, in the Canadian painter Emily Carr, and Taos, NM artist Rod Goebel.