Sunday, November 29, 2015

Just off the Easel...


New Studio Works

Glacier Cascades 3

Glacier Cascades 3,

55" x 24" x 3"
Acrylic on canvas

on the easel

The piece features big impasto textual qualities, with a 3" depth.

Available for Holiday Season delivery.

Contact Tom for price at

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thanks Arts Business Institute!

I'd like to thank the Arts Business Institute for including my work in their recent blog article featuring In Situ photos as a portfolio and marketing necessity. In Situ photos are, in my case, those that show the art work in the environment they were designed to occupy. 
Panhandle Falls

Here's a photo you have seen numerous times here on the blog, the feature shot in the article, a great example of a In Situ Photo.
This has been a mainstay of my presentation from the very beginning of my business, primarily due to the nature on my installations, which have been commissioned custom works for commercial and residential interiors. It helps prospective clients visualize what their wall area may look like with a piece of my art on it.
You can visit my website at to see more examples of this style of photographic presentation.
Going to the Sun Road

Arts Business Institute is an educational organization providing valuable information to the arts community nationally, I'm thrilled to be able to make a contribution that may help artists, artisans and craftspeople assisting in designing and implementing there own unique course and plans for their creative businesses.
Click on thefollowing link to read the blog article:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Here are couple of prints on canvas that I have framed with the rustic look. The images are of art you've seen many times before on this blog, the difference is, these are cropped portions of the original composition, "vignettes", LTD Edition prints on canvas, and of course finished with the rustic frames.

Ake's Sheep Creek Special, canvas print vignette-rustic

Lurking Lunker vignette print on canvas- rustic
Many of my originals lend themselves to vignettes, I'll feature more of these in future blogs.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer's Here!

This summer season kicks off with a spotlight on another mini-public art project for the city of Coeur d'Alene, installed late last year, this utility box celebrates my original art work titled "Pursuit 1" aka "Ake's Sheep Creek Special" The box is on the corner of 4th and Best in CDA. 
What a great way to beautify the community and support the arts, Thanks Coeur d'Alene!

Utility box application is a digital, vinyl wrap of an original art work 

The wraps provide a 360 degree viewing of the art, creating a monolithic type sculptural presentation out of an otherwise urban utility eyesore. A cool idea...

the image carries around the box

  Below is an image of the original, created for Lin Akey of Whitefish, MT, you can see how they enlarged the art to accommodate the large format of the utility box. 
Ake's Sheep Creek Special original

 In case you missed my earlier post, here's my image of Cascades at the Pond at Riverstone in Coeur d'Alene,


New Work:

I'm busy in the studio creating new works for this season, here I'm working on a new abstract fly. 

A new Fly in the making!
First I build up textures with modeling paste, then I get the canvas wet and introduce various colors to the wash, here I'm encouraging the wash with a spray bottle. When it gets to a point that I like, I encourage the drying process, then I do it all over again, with multiple layers creating the effects and depth that I'm looking for, then I finish the Fly details. I'll show you the finished piece in the next post.

Summer Events:

Pacific Flyway Gallery, Spokane Valley

The "Summer of Flootie" features a summer long showing of artists works featured on the website, with meet the artist events. I'm pleased to say that my work will be featured along with many fine artists from the region.

August 22, 23:
Arbor Crest

I'll be back at Arbor Crest Winery for their Art & Glass Fest again this year, this event has become my favorite event of the summer. Join us in this beautiful setting, great crowd and enjoy their world class wines while you enjoy many of the regions talented artists. "Oh, and don't be afraid to find something to take home".

Stay tuned, as I'm planning some additional events.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Variety is the Spice of Life

Truer words were never spoken
I was visiting with a client the other day, I was struck, and reminded, how varied peoples tastes are, and why I have chosen to work in several genres. 
representational landscape framed print
This client has very traditional tastes, and chose to create work for his interior that is very figurative and representational, I was reminded how black and white some tastes can be, when he saw my abstract fly's, a huge wall went up, so I scooted past this body of work in my portfolio as to not turn him off and lose his interest all together.
Law Offices, Great Falls- Missouri River Bluffs
custom designed landscape - original canvas

After the meeting, I laughed to myself, as so many times over the years I've dealt with this sort of thing, clients that have a totally myopic perspective, it pays to keep on your toes. 
Sometimes it's the opposite, many abstract people quite often have a huge turn off to the representational works, of course there are those with broad tastes that enjoy both, thank god.
Abstract canvas with collage

Obviously, working in multiple genres comes as a result of necessity, and creating works for the broadest audiences increases the field of prospects considerably.

Abstract Fly canvas prints

It's an enjoyable challenge to fit my work into the vast variety of environments that I have had the opportunity to place my work. I appreciate the opportunities now more than ever, as it seems that there is an ever growing pool of options for the buyers. 

I'm often asked, "which do I enjoy creating more?" The answer varies, and depends on how the pieces turn out and how I feel about any particular piece, but, I do enjoy creating the abstracts a lot because it can be so spontaneous, more Jazz like, if you will. Often I really don't know where the process was going to take me when I get started, sometimes it's really a kick to see where it ends up. 
The representational works are more defined, if they turn out well, I'm thrilled.

The Royal Coachman on the easel

 The abstract fly's are great fun, and have built quite a following, they grew out of an abstract series of work, and ended up creating a world of their own, with many international collector's acquiring originals and prints.
I'm starting work on a new series in studio as I speak, I'm excited with the new ideas on the drawing board and what will evolve from them.
Building and stretching canvases are always a therapeutic exercise in preparation of production, the visualization process is greatly aided by building the canvases by hand,  this is an exciting time.

I'll feature the new work in the blog posts to come.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Artsy Shark features Tom Hanson

Thanks Artsy Shark for featuring my art work in your Blog..


Tom Hanson’s acrylic on canvas paintings feature landscapes and imagery that flow with color and texture.  Enjoy more of his dynamic art by visiting his website.

Panhandle Falls
“Panhandle Falls” Acrylic on Canvas, 9′ x 9′, Panhandle State Bank, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

My goal from the very beginning has been to find a way to spend my life doing what I love doing for a living, and that is creating art. Early on I found a niche for creating art in offices and commercial businesses, which grew into larger corporate facilities, medical centers, and corporate collections. I found architectural & interior design product trade shows, making calls on architects, interior design offices, facilities planners and property developers as a viable path.

Expresso America
“Expresso America” Acrylic on Canvas, 3′ x 24′ , Espresso Americano Cafe, Kyoto, Japan

With the commissioned works, I design the art work to occupy and enhance interior wall spaces in a number of genres, from the figurative works of landscapes and natural scenes to abstracts and non-objective designs, often in collaboration with the design team and client.

Cascades 1
“Cascades 1″ Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 48″

It’s a balancing act, bridging the commissioned works with the studio works, “the art for art’s sake vs. the commercially designed works.”

Sheep Creek Special
“Sheep Creek Special” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

My studio works are art for art’s sake. I dedicate a period of time in the studio where I create my art for the sake of the art, theJazz if you will, which gives birth to many of the ideas that grow and morph in many directions.

Royal 1
“Royal 1″ Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 18″

My abstract Fly Collection is one of those examples, I developed the Fly’s in the studio as a response to my love of fishing and the outdoors.  It’s found an audience and grown into a collection of originals and published works that have become successful art products marketed globally.

Caddis 1
“Caddis 1″ Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 48″

I like to work in multiple genres, which can increase your audience and the likelihood of selling your work and expand your following. However many art marketing purists believe that it makes you look schizophrenic, and they may have a hard time placing you, or understanding who you are. That dilemma is understandable, but after 36 years full time as a studio artist, I see it as “Tools in the Tool Box”, use your tools, and develop new ways of communicating artistically and create new products.
Obviously, it behooves an artist to strive for continuity in all the bodies of work that they are developing, in all genres.

Spring Fling
“Spring Fling” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 48″

Technique-wise, I’m working with big impasto textures on my canvases. The big textures create a wonderful sense of depth, in both abstract and figurative works. I build up the texture with pure paint, modeling paste and other polymer materials.  Applying the materials with palette knives & various tools, I create this huge textural depth.

Tech close up
Tech close up, Acrylic on Canvas

Using both wet on wet and wet on dry techniques, then working with washes, much like watercolors, building up the color with opacity allows me to create enhanced layers of depth as well. The acrylic mediums are ideal for me, as they are quick drying water base, vibrant colors and are non-toxic.

P & L's Special
“P & L’s Special” Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 24″

Over the years my work has continued to evolve, as does the marketing. In addition to the pursuing architectural market, I’m constantly developing new art products and seeking out new markets, galleries and online platforms to market and sell my work.

Tom Hanson invites you to follow him on his BlogFacebook and Pinterest.

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