Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanks Arbor Crest,

I'd like to thank everyone who joined us at the Tasting Room for First Friday, it was well attended and we had a great time.
I'd also like to thank the Spokesman-Review for such a nice article featuring me and my art work.

You can click on the link below to see the article.

Fly fishing niche extends Valley painter’s audience around the globe
Tom Hanson, a longtime artist in Spokane Valley, has found a curious niche: painting fishing flies with his modern art flair. The paintings and prints highlighting flies are selling all over the world within the upscale fly-fishing community. (Colin Mulvany)
Spokesman-Review photo of Tom working in his studio

With the conclusion of this showing, I would like to thank Arbor Crest for the opportunity of including me to their First Friday and the featured art for November. And thanks to everyone who got a chance to stop in and see us and my work.  Thanks!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fresh from the Framer

Just in time for my November featured artist event at the Arbor Crest Tasting Room at River Park Square in Spokane. 
One of my new works in the Abstract Fly Collection, " Tom's Foolery".
Tom's Foolery" original acrylic on canvas- 24" x 24"

 This piece and several others in the collection will be featured at the upcoming featured art event for the month of November. 
The Event will be kicked off with a First Friday Artist event on Friday, November 7, 6pm to 9pm.

Close up of the textural finish

This collection of work features big textures and bold colors, abstract Fly Fishing Flys, landscapes and abstracts.


Join us for a fun evening of art & fine wines at  The Arbor Crest Tasting Room at River Park Square.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Late Summer Special and Print Winner

With the Summer Season winding down, I thought it a good time to offer this Special on my latest print,
"Reynold's Mtn, at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana", framed with a gold embellished sustainable material frame with linen matte and fillet. The print this an Artist Proof, #3/10 signed & numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The outside dimensions are 21.5" x 36" 

Framed Glacier National Park Print
A collectible piece at a very attractive price of just $375.00 with free shipping included, this piece is normally priced at $450.00. This is a limited offer on this piece only, contact Tom directly via email or call 509-209-4228.

As I mentioned earlier in the year, I'm giving away a free print each season, this is the Summer's Winner of my Free Print Giveaway. 
And the Winner's areDaniel and Wendy Bermingham, of Butte, Montana, now residing in Colorado.
Dan & Wendy

This is another one of those cases that puts a smile on my face. Picking Dan's name from the pool was great, you see there are very few folks on the planet that I have known longer than Dan, he and I spent a lot of time as kids growing up in Great Falls, MT.  Thanks Dan, I really appreciate you following my page and art work over the years, and I hope you enjoy your print.

I'm please to say that I was recently featured in an interview with Argentina's popular online fly fishing site,  Fly Dreamers ,  The article is inserted below..
Thanks Fly Dreamer's for your interest.

Tom Hanson's Fly-fishing Artwork

Interview by Patricio Mac Allister.

Fd: How was life in Montana during your childhood?

 My dad grew up in Yellowstone Park in the 1920’s, he would take us there almost most every summer, one of the earliest memories I have of using a fly rod was on the Madison River just downstream from Madison campground, it was a big time experience for me, I was about 7 or 8 years old, I had a little trout on the line and having quite a time with it, when I heard this commotion across the water, I was waded out from the bank about 10 feet or so, being a little guy, I was about waist deep, I looked up and about 20 yards directly across from me was a Huge Bull Moose towering over me from that distance, pulling his head up out of the water with some branches and vegetation from his mouth, it was a striking site, one I’ll remember all my life.

I was fortunate to grow up when and where I did, there was a lot more low-impacted areas in the National Forests, fishing areas were really more accessible then, these days access is more limited and it’s highly regulated, and for many good reasons. But, like everywhere these days, development has encroached in to what was pristine natural space.

It seems that the world has discovered the areas I grew up in and created a massive destination recreational fishing business, it has the effect of us feeling somewhat elbowed out of our fishing areas and at times feels a bit like combat fishing, which isn’t fun at all. It can take the serenity out of your experience, I’m sure a lot of folks can relate to that, but that’s progress and we just have to adapt.

Montana is a big area, so there are still a lot of pristine areas, wilderness areas and you can get away from everyone without much effort, if you know where to go.
Fortunately, myself and a few close buddies still have areas that are known to a few, and they’ll remain that way.

Fd: How did you manage to make Art and Fly Fishing merge?Tom: Both evolved during my childhood, I was raised in Great Falls, Montana on the Missouri River, surrounded with countless rivers, streams, creeks and lakes, it has always been a sportsman’s haven. Great Falls has a deep seeded history of art appreciation, as it is the historical home of western art icon CM Russell, which influences everyone with artistic interests.

At the same time my artistic interests were developing I was being exposed to fishing with my friends and family. Fly Fishing and other fishing genres, were first introduced to me as a child by my grandfather and my uncle, being a seasonal sport where I come from, it seemed to occupy most of my time in the summer, where creating art was done mostly during school growing up.

In the beginning, my art was a way for me to express myself in the context of school development, and it played to an audience, and still does. Where my fishing experiences were a more solitary event, an interaction with nature, and for the most part then, a group event with friends or family members for fellowship, a fun time to spend with my fishing and camping buddies!

How did they merge? As long as I can remember I was awestruck with the beauty of fish, and all the unbelievably beautiful encounters with nature I would experience while fishing, as I grew as an artist, it became more a part of my artistic expression.
Now, when I’m fishing, I still enjoy the solitude, but it’s impossible to separate the desire to express myself creatively as a result of my natural experience.

The abstract fly’s evolved from my interest in the graphic nature of fly designs and how they lend themselves to creating compositions that those who use them can relate to.

Fd: On what kind of work do you specialize?
Tom: I specialize in painting originals, acrylic on canvas to start with. Then I publish reproductions from the originals.

One of the signature techniques I use in my painting is the use of “Impasto” textural application I create with modeling paste, it’s creating big textures with pallet knives, brushes and other tools, it gives the work a very dimensional quality. I use wet on wet techniques as well, creating washes with the water and paints, to give the work a fluid or wet look, these apply in all my works, be they figurative or abstract concepts.
When creating abstract Fly’s, I work from an actual sample of the Fly, sometimes a photo, in creating landscapes or other figurative works, I use photos and sketches of the subject, with abstracts it can often be a spontaneous creative event, which is a lot of fun.

Fd: What would you say your main artistic influences are?
Tom: From the beginning, other artists work plays a huge role influencing me, many of the contemporary masters have played a huge role, artists like Pollock, Lichtenstein, Stella, impressionists like Monet still motivate me and yes and even western artists like Russell do. I was blessed to study under a number of terrific mentors in Montana growing up, although, if you looked at their work and mine you might scratch your head as there are no similarities. I find the most wonderful little nuances in parts of paintings, I can find inspiration from things like that. That aside, I think the biggest inspiration is in the daily experiences with nature, most commonly sunsets.

Commissioned Art Works are a motivation in themselves, influenced entirely by what the client desires in the works I have created in the past. Lately, I have been creating a lot of custom pieces for Fly Tiers, “Portraits of their Signature Flies in Abstract”. When I started with my Abstract Fly Collection in’08, I never would have thought it would have evolved like this, but I love it, and the clients enjoy the process and the finished works. Note photos attached
Fd: Is there a particular message or feeling you want to convey through your works?
Tom: Emotional response, hopefully positive, I find that it is an emotional response to a beautiful sunset or scene, or interaction in nature, and that’s the plane that we are communicating on.

I look at my Abstract Fly’s as an Impressionism, painting more of what I feel that what I see figuratively, obviously some are painted to figuratively represent the subject for a more realistic audience, and when I create a commissioned piece, it’s guided by the clients desire, since it’s for them, create it for them!

Fd: Any time for fly fishing, Tom?
Tom: My lifestyle when living in Montana was far more engaging with my outdoor interests than right now here in Spokane, however this area has terrific access to fishing and outdoor activities. Most my favorite spots are back in Montana and I try to get over there a couple times a year, it’s not far from here, and also explore new areas here in Washington. The Steelhead and Salmon runs here are a unique aspect to living here, and I look forward to that.

FdWhere can we find more about your artwork?
Tom: 2014 marks my 35th years as a full time professional artist, a lot has happened over the years, as my business has focused on large format commissioned works for corporate interiors and residences, and branched out into numerous marketing niches. One thing that has been inconsistent over the years is marketing through galleries, most of them are gone and the turnover in retail marketing has been really affected by the ever changing economy, so artists like me have learned to depend on themselves on keeping their dream alive.
The best place to see my work and learn a bit more about me is on my website and blog. It shows a Portfolio, Bio, Client List and online Store: and there's the blog, a newsletter and it's a great source for my newest work and currentevents: I also have a number of galleries in Montana, Idaho and Washington right now, and I appreciate all they do for the promotion and sale of my work, but I like to keep my focus on my studio website and online store and encourage interested folks to contact me directly if they are not in the proximity of one of my retailers, that way I can give them the best customer service personally.


Extraordinary pictures!

Beautiful work!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Arbor Crest Winery

With August upon us, It's time for Art & Glass Fest at the the Arbor Crest Winery in Spokane Valley.
August 16-17, 11am to 6pm.
This year I'll be featuring new work and works from my collection, both originals and prints on canvas and papers, with a wide price range with something for every budget.
The event at the winery is a great time, a beautiful setting with music, food and of course their world class wines, and a plethora of art and artists from around the region.
I hope to see you there, and tell your friends, this is a must see event during the summer in Spokane.



Original Canvases featured at Art & Glass Fest 2014
From the Tom Hanson Collection
Kingfisher  15" x 18"

Cascades  24" x 48"

Glacial Cascades 20" x 60"

Hana Falls 24" x 48"

Abstract Fly 2  36" x 48"

Salmon Streamer  12" x 24"

Reef Dancer 1
Prints on Canvas

Royal Coachman 1 print on canvas-AP framed 36" x 36"
Royal 1 & Wooley 1, prints on canvas-AP 12" x 18
And, I will have many of my catalog Prints and Note Cards on hand.

Glacier Park Card - 11" x 4.25"

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Collector's Special for July

This month I'm featuring a special offer on this original acrylic on canvas panel, nicely framed abstract fly I call Kingfisher 2.
Why Kingfisher, I suppose it has to do with the use of metallic gold and silver as a major finishing element on this piece. As in all of my current paintings, the big textural "impasto technique is a predominant feature.
Kingfisher 2
I'm offering this $750. retail value for just $500. and includes free domestic shipping*  
The outside dimensions are approx. 18" W x 15"H, the image dimensions are 11.5"W x 8.25"H

Close up of the art

A closer look at the frame will illustrate the wood qualities and hand wrapped linen beveled liner.

Frame detail
I'm including a Gift Box of 10 assorted Fine Art Note Cards of my Abstract Fly Collection, an additional $40 value.

Gift Box of 10 Note Cards

Kingfisher 2 Profile
This is a one of a kind offer, so you'll need to contact me direct, via email or call 509-209-4228 for a credit card purchase, or I can arrange a PayPal purchase as well.
*International delivery is available, but shipping and duties are not included in the purchase price. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

"Spring Fling" and a New Print Winner...

It's just not spring without a "Spring Fling". Which is what I've titled my new painting..... just off the easel.

"Spring Fling"  23" x 48" acrylic on canvas

The painting features huge impasto textures with metallic highlights, finished with a wet look of a semigloss finish.

close up of the texture and metallic finish

Since it's Spring, It's a good time to give away another print, I'm thrilled to note that Alicia Williams, has Won the Free Print Giveaway for Spring '14. I've known Alicia for long time and it's always fun to share with those you know. 
I've had several winners in the past year or so from Great Falls, MT by following my Facebook page, my blog & LinkedIn , Pinterestand others, this has kept their names on the lists that I pick from. Lists include my mailing list, so if you don't have your name in yet, hook up and you may also win complimentary art work.
Thanks Alicia for participating and I hope you enjoy your art.
Alicia & Hawken

I just got my Artist Proof LTD ED on canvas back from the framer, here's the Royal  Coachman 1 canvas print framed.

framed canvas print A-P, Royal Coachman 36"x 36"
If you would like to know more about the availabilities and cost of the this print or any of the other Prints on Canvas, please drop me a note...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When Less is More!

When less is more! 
We've all heard it so many times over the years, here's a nice example of how Kay Dell Parratt, has applied it to her collection of my note cards.
With the help of your framer, this simply practical idea can give these miniature images a nice presentation and display in your home or office. 
Kay Dell's framed note cards...
This grouping features images from my Portfolio Collection of Montana, you can also make groupings of my Big Skyscapes, Inland Northwest and Abstract Fly Collections. You can pick and choose images to make your own personal collection, to see more and the catalog of available images, click on this link,  NOTE CARD COLLECTIONSGo to the PDF link to see image catalog,
The note cards are available for purchase at my WebStore, if you you would like to choose specific cards, just drop me an e-mail, tell me what images and how many you would like, and we can create a custom order.

The Signature Collection
The Signature Collection are signed by the artist, a very affordable way to feature signed artist works, it adds that little something special to the mini print.
For a limited time, I will include the signed cards on special orders at no additional charge.