Paul Hannon was born in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Oswego, where he majored in fine arts. Paul’s training focused on drawing, painting, and printmaking, with special emphasis on the areas of etching, screen printing, and lithography. He studied painting with Elaine DeKooning and Jack Beal in New York City, and watercolour media with Diana Kurtz at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Paul exhibited in California during the 1970s and taught graphics at Venture Gallery in San Diego. He has done edition printing for several artists. After immigrating to Canada in 1989, Paul renewed his interest in drawing and painting. He has since become well-known in the Maritimes and beyond for his original oil paintings, watercolours, and drawings. He is represented in numerous private and public collections and has been published in many periodicals and books.
On the surface, much of Paul’s work provides a fairly clear and immediate sense of landscape, whether urban, coastal,or rural. What makes the work distinctive is how the images reflect an idealized and well-ordered sense of how we live our lives, as the painter observes and ponders the cultural landscape that our society has created. Colour, light, and composition are carefully considered in every painting, so that the ordinary is made extraordinary.