CAROL HANSEN ARTIST

Acrylic Paintings on Gallery Canvas

from sea to seedpod, and everything in between

Growing up in South Africa, much of my childhood was spent in our high-walled back yard. An only child, I vividly recall the colours of the yard and the strange shapes of flowers at close range. I drew constantly.

After moving to Nova Scotia, Canada, I became a printmaker, established a printmaking studio and exhibited intaglio prints in solo and group shows.   Children arrived and the time-consuming method of printmaking was replaced with painting in soft pastel. For the next three decades I exhibited pastels in solo and group shows.

When my mother became ill, I chose to set aside art to take care of her. Grace supported me in all things, especially art. After she passed away, I began to paint. Acrylics’ immediacy and vivid colour is akin to pastel. I took to the medium with a burst of enthusiasm.

Today, instead of walls, the ocean is my garden’s backdrop. Nature and gardening continue to be close companions on my walks and beneath my hands as I work the soil. My thoughts run clear and my eyes seek out the forms and hues of sky and foliage, flowers and grasses; imagery I take back to the studio. To date I have had 2 solo exhibitions in acrylics.

MY ART JOURNEY

2021

Workshop: Websites, Social Media & Tech: Creating Your Brand with Stacey Cornelius – Visual Arts of NS

Workshop: Pricing Your Work with Stacey Cornelius – Visual Arts of NS

Solo exhibition acrylic painting ‘Covid Unmasked, spring & summer’ Captain’s House Gallery, Chester NS

Captain’s House Gallery established, Chester NS

Art studio moved to Captain’s House, Chester NS

2020
Solo exhibition acrylic paintings ‘Dive Right In’ Chester Art Centre Gallery, Chester NS

2019
Study acrylic painting under Peter John Reid, Halifax NS

2017-18
Study painting under Heather Sayeau, Chester NS

2016
Study painting under Malcolm Callaway, Chester NS

Art studio moved to Chester NS

2011-2015
Art instructor at Chester Art Centre: Exploring and Creating with Soft Pastel

Art making on hold while caring for ailing mother, Grace

2010
Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘Arboreal Ardour’ The Moorings Gallery, Mahone Bay NS

2000-07
Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘From Landscape to Florals’ Amicus Gallery, Chester NS

Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘Pathways’ Amicus Gallery, Chester NS

Group exhibition soft pastel ‘For Play’ Amicus Gallery, Chester NS

Gallery artist soft pastel Amicus Gallery, Chester NS

Molly’s Garden Dalhousie Medical Research Art Auction, Halifax NS

1995-2000
Gallery artist soft pastel Artifacts Gallery, Chester NS

1993-1995
Studio Rally Weekend

Parkinson’s Foundation Art Auction, Halifax NS

1986-95
Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘Seasons’ Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg NS

Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘Boundaries’ Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg NS

Solo exhibition soft pastel ‘Local Colour’ Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg NS

Solo exhibition soft pastel Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg NS

Study soft pastel under Albert Handell, Arizona USA

Birth of son, Luke

1983-86
Marketing & Art Workshop, NSCAD University

Birth of son, Nicholas

Solo exhibition intaglio prints Carol Hansen Studio, Bedford NS

Group exhibition intaglio prints Georgia Tech Gallery, Atlanta USA

Group exhibition intaglio prints Truro Art Society, NS

Gallery artist intaglio prints Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish NS

Gallery artist intaglio prints Art Sales & Rental Society Art Gallery of NS Halifax

Gallery artist intaglio prints Art Rental & Sales Gallery Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta

Gallery artist intaglio prints Paperworks Gallery, Calgary Alberta

Gallery artist intaglio prints Herring Gull Gallery, Chester NS

Gallery artist intaglio prints The Limited-Edition, Dartmouth NS

Gallery artist intaglio prints The Willows Gallery, Canning NS

Solo exhibition intaglio prints & Conté drawings The Teachery Gallery, Bedford NS

Printmaking Artist, NS Designer Craftsman Show, Halifax NS

Art Instructor Bedford Recreation Dept

Slide Registry of Women Artists, Mt St Vincent University Gallery, Halifax NS

1979-82
Carol Hansen Printmaking Studio established, Bedford NS

Developmental grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Bachelor Fine Arts NSCAD University

Gallery artist Old and New Creations Gallery, Halifax NS

Group exhibition intaglio prints Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax NS

Printmaking Studio Technician, NSCAD University, Halifax NS

Textiles Studio Technician, NSCAD University Halifax NS

Graphic Artist for seafood business

1976-82
Work as lobster shucker, salesperson and sign maker