Curtis Hanson has been painting for over 30 years and lives in Litchfield, Connecticut. Hanson has a deep love of nature and a talent for capturing the essence and natural beauty of the varied landscapes he discovers. With the eye of a naturalist, Hanson imbues his realistic plein air views with emotional richness and a deeply felt atmosphere.
Hanson was profoundly influenced by his childhood in Washington State, which fostered his love for the outdoors, and fondly recalls ..my mother’s garden, and our summers at the lake cabin. “In 2001 I took over an old Church in Cornwall Hollow, Connecticut. Most all of the subject matter comes from right out the 16 foot windows of this old building . The Tonalist painter Ben Foster whom died in 1925 worked right here and his motifs can still be seen here in the hollow. Tonalism is the best description of what I do today. Realism and Impressionism also lay the foundation for what my work is built upon. The most important influence on my work comes from George Inness. Back in 1984 I named my son Inness. George Inness’s work first hit me in New York when I moved East from Washington State and to this day day has never left me.
Hanson studied with R.H. Ives Gammel in Boston for three years. Gammel’s primary teacher was William M. Paxton who, like many of the Boston painters, received his training in Paris at a time when both academic and Impressionist painting styles were at a high point. The artist regards those years as a time when his work gained a technical foundation.
He has exhibited at the National Academy of Design, and important Connecticut venues. He has also participated in numerous group shows and is represented in prestigious Connecticut corporate collections, including that of Stanley Tool World Headquarters, New Britain, as well as distinguished private collections. In addition to his painting career, Hanson is also a teacher of plein air landscape painting.