For decades Art Hansen’s depictions of flora, rendered in watercolor and etchings, capture the quintessence of Northwest landscape in vignettes like an overripe, fire-red poppy blossom; groves of Douglas firs bristling with inky, burry branches; or secluded ponds sunk into the earth. The 87-year-old Seattle native, whose distinctions include a 1952 Pulitzer Prize, has lived on Vashon Island since the early ’60s, in a house built on open fields where he and his wife raised calves and sheep for decades.
“I live on a big piece of property with a great view looking toward the Olympic mountains and the water,” Hansen says. “That’s really where it all comes from—the trees, the branches. I don’t invent any of it, it’s always something I pick out from what’s right in front of me.”
Hansen’s Retrospective and Catalogue Raisonne is on view at Davidson Galleries through Feb. 11.