As an artist, Shan Bryan-Hanson is drawn to the tactile messiness and possibilities of paint. The departure point for a new painting usually lies in an experience in or observation of the natural world. Fragments of tree bark, moss, decaying leaves and other detritus from the forest floor or organic objects from her backyard are indirect, yet primary influences on the paintings. Notions of impermanence, ephemerality and transience are embedded in both process and subject. Recently, she has begun a series of large-scale drawings.
Bryan-Hanson is an artist and curator of the galleries at St. Norbert College, where she also teaches paining. She lives in Door County,WI which she fines to be a place of constant inspiratin.