Our National Parks, for example, are specially preserved areas which we can all visit and appreciate. Their origination was brought about primarily because of the presentation painter Thomas Moran made to Congress. Many have an Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) which painters can take advantage of.
Having hiked in Maine along the Appalachian Trail and in Baxter State Park, Hanna applied to the Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park and was accepted. In September 2011, she spent three weeks on Schoodic Peninsula in Maine, painting Plein-air almost every day. The best way to learn about landscape painting is to paint outside and in Acadia she was able to paint in a committed, intense, and uninterrupted way. It was an extraordinary and valuable experience.
A painting entitled In the Beginning, of the Acadia coastline, has been chosen as one of the 101 best paintings portraying some aspect of our National Park System. It is included in the online exhibition “America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art”, accessible here.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will concentrate on how artists apply for Artist-in-Residence programs at one of our National Parks and Hanna will describe what the residency entails and periods of time residencies are available. Hanna will also discuss her experience in the very fulfilling program, her paintings in the exhibit, and the process of Plein-air painting.
Image at top: Ocean's Edge
Image at right: Tide Pools at the Point - Pastel