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Hannah Moran

I am an artist that overcame a visual disorder with the understanding that I do not see the world in the same ways as other people.

I search for a sense of peace in the landscape, and I express this in my observational paintings. Art historically, my work looks to impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Van Gogh and Monet. Like these artists, I capture the fleeting and fading moments of the landscape and allow unblended brushstrokes to be a part of the work. I connect the landscape to the depths of the unconscious mind. My background in both psychology and studio art has led me to pursue my work as an extension of my mind. Through my artwork, I further explore the power of the evanescent and emotive attributes of the landscape in color, texture, and mark-making.

My love for the outdoors elevates my perception of my surroundings. My paintings are evidence of this visual stimulation as well as the emotive qualities of the places I depict. I paint with visible brushstrokes and saturated colors that lead the places I depict to appear whimsical and peaceful or at times chaotic and cluttered. I like to explore various painting techniques and tools to develop and build unique textures to enhance the overall composition.

I am fascinated by the relationship of nature to time. In a single landscape, I observe both long-lasting and adaptive aspects of nature, immediately juxtaposed with the incredible and ephemeral characteristics. I often depict places that I encounter during nature walks and hiking trips that capture this complexity. I admire how landscapes are never the same when you revisit them, yet the character of the place always remains recognizable. I revisit the landscape and vistas through my work, questioning my original experience and creating a new understanding of the places I discover. Most recently, I have been attracted to transparent and reflective surfaces and natural abstraction. I enjoy playing with the perceived abstraction that I see in a quick glimpse of surfaces I find within nature.

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