About the Artist

Marc R. Hanson OPA


Artist’s Statement


Marc R. Hanson


A viewer of my paintings wrote to me recently and had this to say, “Your 

landscapes are so evocative, for me so emotional. You have a gift for portraying more 

than realism in your landscapes-not something fantastical, but something 

simultaneously approachable and not. Not everyone will do what you do, but so many of 

us are deluded or ambitious enough to aspire to.”  This very generous and kind 

statement describes exactly how I would hope that my art is received by those who view 

it.  I try to live up to this ideal with each painting.  


  One of the reasons that I’m a visual artist is that it has always been more 

effective for me to share my excitement about the natural world through visual means, 

painting or drawing, than it has been through writing or speaking about it.  My love of 

the land, the Midwest in particular, and my desire to communicate that deep seeded 

love is what drives my work.  Painting is the vehicle for my expression of that love.  My 

purpose is not to replicate the specific or dwell on the spectacular, as much as it is to 

observe the specific and to discover the beauty in the seemingly unspectacular.  My 

goal is to paint a sense of place and what that means to me as an artist.  


  Typically my work is painted on location during all seasons of the year.  The 

paintings created on location are painted on a smaller scale in oils.  The smaller scale of 

these paintings allows me to capture those fleeting moods, and quickly changing light or 

weather effects.  I’ve painted this way, en plein air, for many years now, and have 

completed many, many hundreds of these studies.  Most of these small paintings are 

painted either on linen or primed board and are completed in one to one and half hours. 


The studies represent my immediate reaction to the subject matter and are a record of 

that short period in time. Just as importantly, they build an enormous library of visually  recallable

information that is indispensable to me in the studio.  When working on larger paintings in 

the studio, studies and the memory of the time and place are 

invaluable to me and form the basis for much of my studio work. 


My most recent work has been to create large landscape paintings, as large in 

scale as those painted in the studio, entirely on location.  Some of these paintings are 

completed in one session, others are completed over a longer period of time lasting 

several sessions.  The challenge that working from life in this way presents is 

overridden by the benefit to my understanding of light and color on the landscape, and 

the authenticity that it brings to my paintings.  I foresee my art continuing to move in this 

direction, major works mostly completed on site. 



219 Basil St

Taylors Falls, MN 55084







Art Center College of Design ~ Pasadena, California 1976 -1978
Sierra College ~ Rocklin, California 1973 - 1976

Margaret C. Baumgaertner Portrait Workshop ~ Lacrosse, Wisconsin 2001
Zhang Wen Xin Workshop ~ Jackson, Wyoming 1993
Richard Schmid Workshop ~ Bartlesville, Oklahoma 1989
Stephen Gjertson, Art Barn School of Classical Realism ~ Two Harbors,
Minnesota 1988
Richard Schmid Workshop ~ Des Plaines, Illinois 1988


I continually teach workshops all over the country.  The listing of dates became too long to continue

but my website, blog and facebook page all list any classes or workshops that I schedule.

Scottsdale, AZ ~ Scottsdale Artists School ~ 2011, 2012

Penninsula School of Fine Art ~ Fish Creek, WI ~ Plein Air Landscape ~ 2010

M Gallery Plein Air Workshop ~ Sarasota, CA ~ 2009, 2010

Taylors Falls, MN ~ Annual Landscape Painting Workshop ~ 2007 - Current year.

Loomis, CA ~ Plein Air Landscape Workshop ~ 2007

Sioux Falls, SD ~ South Dakota Plein Air Painters ~ 2007

Amelia Island Florida ~ North Florida Plein Air Painters ~ 2007
Ozark Pastel Society ~ Springdale, Arkansas 2006
ArtCenter, Traverse City ~ Traverse City, Michigan 2006, 2007, 2008
Lake Country Pastel Society ~ Chaska, Minnesota 2006
Northern Florida Plein Air Painters ~ Jacksonville, Florida 2006
Cornucopia Art Center ~ Lanesboro, Minnesota 2004, 2005, 2006
Minnesota River School of Art ~ Burnsville, Minnesota 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Crossings at Carnegie ~ Zumbrota, Minnesota 2001 - 2011
University of Minnesota ~ St. Paul, Minnesota 1995
Great River Road Symposium ~ Red Wing, Minnesota 1992
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators ~ University of Minnesota ~ St.Paul,Min-
nesota 1990


Door County Plein Air Festival ~ Featured Artist of the Year 2011

Door County Plein Air Festival ~ Artist's Choice 2nd place, Juror's Award for best portfolio 2nd place ~ 2010

Canvoo Bold Brush Competition, 2nd Place 2009, 2010 Finalist Oils, Finalist Pastel.

John Marion Pardy Landscape Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of Americas 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition~Legacy Gallery~Scottsdale, AZ 2010

Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of Americas 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition~Sage Creek Gallery~ Santa Fe, NM 2009

Presidents Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition ~ Whistle Pik Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, Texas 2007
Phipps Center for the Arts ~ 2006 Members Exhibition ~ Award of Distinction
International Artist ~ 2006 Landscape Challenge ~ Finalist 
Pastel Journal ~ 2004 PASTELS 100 ~ Honorable Mention Award, Landscape
Pastel Journal ~ 2003 PASTELS 100 ~ Fifth Place Landscape ~ Two Honorable
Mention Awards, Landscape 
Pastel Journal ~ 2002 PASTELS 100 ~ Second Place Landscape
Awarded Signature Status, Oil Painters of America ( O.P.A.) 2001
Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Gallery Ameri-
cana ~ Carmel, California 2000
Par Excellence Award, EAA Aviation Art Exhibit ~ Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1999


Cape Cod National Seashore 50th Anniversary Exhibit ~ Cape Cod Museum of Art/Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA ~ 2011

Coleman Fine Art 'Wet Paint' ~ Charleston, SC ~ 2011

Creative Convergence: Cape Cod ~ Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA ~ 2011

Creative Convergence: San Miguel ~ Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA ~ 2010

SAS Beaux Arts Auction ~ Scottsdale, AZ ~ 2010

The Value of Black and White ~ Penninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI ~ 2010

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Devin Gallery, Cour d' Alene, ID ~ 2011

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ ~ 2010

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM ~ 2009

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Dana Gallery, Missioula, MT ~ 2008

Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredricksburg, TX ~ 2007

Salon International 2007 ~ Greenhouse Gallery ~ San Antonio, TX ~ 2007

Small Paintings Exhibit ~ Waterhouse Gallery ~ Santa Barbara, CA ~ 2007

Coleman Fine Art ~ ‘Nocturnes’, Marc Hanson, John Cosby, and Mary Whyte ~ 2006
American Legacy Gallery ~ Summer Show, Marc Hanson, Mark Feckinger, and Jeff Legg 2006
Oil Painters of America 14th Annual National Exhibit ~ Hilligoss Gallery ~Chicago, Illinois ~ 2005
American Legacy Gallery ~ ‘Summer Group Show’ ~ 2004
Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Exhibit ~ Hilligoss Gallery ~ 
Chicago, Illinois ~ 2004 
Coleman Fine Art,Ltd ~ Charleston,South Carolina 
Waterhouse Gallery ~ Santa Barbara, California 
Nichol’s Taos Fine Art Gallery ~ Taos, New Mexico
American Legacy Gallery ~ ’The Beauty of Traditional Landscapes’ ~ Kansas City,Missouri 2003
Water Street Gallery ~ Saugatuck, Michigan 
Meadow Creek Gallery presents ‘Marc Hanson’ ~ Edina, Minnesota 2003 ‘Premier Collection” Group Show ~ Meadow Creek Gallery ~ Edina, Min-
nesota 2002
‘Art du Jour’ ~ Meadow Creek Gallery, Edina ~ Minnesota 2002
Christmas Miniatures ~ Meadow Creek Gallery ~ Edina, Minnesota 2001
Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Exhibit ~ Hilligoss Galleries ~ Chicago, Illinois 2003
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Zantman Art Galleries ~ Palm Desert,
California 2001
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Gallery Americana ~ Carmel, California 2000
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit ~ Vanier Fine Art ~ Scottsdale, Arizona
Minnesota Landscapes ~ River Gallery ~ St. Paul, Minnesota 1997
Rochester Art Center ~ Rochester, Minnesota...
~ Southeastern Minnesota Landscapes-Seven Points of View 1995
~ Minnesota Landscape Painters 1993
~ Southeastern Minnesota Artists Exhibit 1989
Fall Classics Art Show ~ White Oak Gallery ~ Edina, Minnesota & Ponderosa Art
Gallery ~ Hamilton, Montana since 1985
Gateway Gallery ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico
American Miniatures ~ Settler’s West Gallery ~ Scottsdale, Arizona 
Talisman Gallery ~ Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Cornucopia Art Center ~ Lanesboro, Minnesota
Jack Dennis’ Wyoming Gallery ~ Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson Rendezvous ~ Claggett/Rey Gallery ~ Vail, Colorado
Buffalo Museum of Science ~ Buffalo, New York
High Desert Museum ~ Bend, Oregon
Beijing Museum of Natural History ~ People’s Republic of China
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum ~ Honolulu, Hawaii
Santa Barbara Museum ~ Santa Barbara, California
Frye Art Museum ~ Seattle, Washington
‘ Nature of the Beast’ ~ Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art ~ Loretto, Pennsylvania
‘ Birds in Art ‘ ~ Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum ~ Wausau, Wisconsin
National Geographic Society Exhibit ~ Smithsonian Institution ~ Washington,DC
Southeastern Exhibition ~ Charleston, South Carolina
Easton Waterfowl Festival ~ Easton, Maryland
Carnegie Museum of Natural History ~ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
British Museum of Natural History ~ London, England
Royal Scottish Academy ~ Edinburgh, Scotland

The Hamilton Collection, Illustrator ~ 1993 - 1995
Nice Man Merchandising, Illustrator ~ 1990 - 1993
National Screenprint, Illustrator ~ 1986 - 1989
National Geographic Society, Illustrator ~ 1983 - 1984
Rakela and Company Design Studio ~ Sacramento, California ~ Staff Illustrator

Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.) ~ Signature Member


American Art Collector, ‘Nocturnes’, 2006, Creative Convergence 2010, 2011
International Artist Magazine, Landscape Finalist, Issue 47 Feb/Mar 2006
Plein Air Magazine, Feature Story and Demonstration, February 2005
The Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 2002, 2003, 2004
Sporting Classics Magazine, Feature Story 1993
National Geographic Society ‘ A Field Guide to North American Birds’, 1984