Blue Jay

Blue Jay

"Hanna's providing us with the visual link between science and art--nature and aesthetic. Her "Songs of the Birds" is a magnificent tribute to some of life's finest singers as well as her finely calibrated handiwork."

– John Carlos Cantro,, 
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Geometric Abstract Paintings: Songs of the Birds

These abstract art paintings are the colors of the bird and of the songs they sing.  Capturing musical song in visual art is elusive and bird song is an interesting explorative journey.  The color is first researched to match that of a particular bird and the song or call is downloaded from a bird song sonogram.  Using the song and the color, the geometric art is composed, and then developed on canvas with an airbrush and acrylic paint.

The representational bird paintings are ink and acrylic on clayboard.  Using scratchboard and ink allows for color transparency and translucence.

Hanna has lived in the Ann Arbor, MI area most of her adult life and exhibited both locally and nationally.  Her works are in the permanent collections at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the C. S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospital at the University of MI, and Eastern Michigan University.  She received both a BFA and an MA degree from Eastern Michigan University. For more information go also to the Contact Page.