507 Featured Artist: Sandy Hokanson
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Sandy Hokanson likes birds. She finds inspiration, order and mystery in the infinite combinations of energy and color our natural world creates.
For many years, she painted almost exclusively in a realistic style using acrylics. Her current work is about simplifying each bird down to its essential elements (though she’s still tempted to leave in more feathers than actually needed).
She creates her work digitally by drawing directly into a computer using either a mouse or a special pen and pad. For each piece, she creates a unique palette of colors to layer over the drawings. The process is similar to creating a traditional silkscreen image.
The final images are printed using professional inks on high-quality stock.
Hokanson's work is available in Rochester at Jim Krom’s Natural Images Gallery (in the subway), the SEMVA Art Gallery on Broadway, and her website, www.hokansonart.com .
Sandy is recently retired after working more than 40 years in the graphics arts industry in Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota. She now spends as much time as possible outside in nature on long bird walks, and in her garden gathering ideas for future work. She serves on the board of the local Zumbro Valley Audubon Chapter and creates educational trail signage for area parks.