In mid-life many of us start asking ourselves questions like "Who am I ?"and "This was it?" So did I in my mid-40's. Ten years ago I had left my native Finland and my identity as a professional, a veterinarian. That was what and who I had been. Now I was my husband’s wife moving around the world without a real purpose in life. And I had this funny feeling that I wanted to create something with my hands.
When we moved to California in 2006 I saw an ad in the local paper about a drawing class. That was a start of a great passion that after two years of basic drawing moved to watercolor painting and that just keeps on growing. I am so incredibly fortunate to have found a second big passion in my life, the first being animals. And through this new found passion I also found a new identity: I am an artist. I call this my second life and it is at least as exciting as the first one.
Since I have never had any formal art education, I have taken classes from wonderful and very skilled local artists to whom I am deeply grateful: Melanie Phillips, Karen Clark, Fealing Lin, Juliana Balog, Gayle Blomberg.
I am a member of quite many art associations because I enjoy the company of fellow artists sharing the same passion and I so much appreciate the advice and guidance I get from other artists. Very early in my art career I started entering my paintings in local art shows and to my big surprise started to get recognition and awards. What a wonderful journey I am on! Visit Hanna's website at::