Hannah Wheeler is a painter working between the UK and Switzerland. Her artwork has been influenced by a bohemian upbringing and an alternative education. Being brought up on the North Devon coastline in an isolated old cottage without the distractions of modern life made drawing by candlelight her favourite past-time. The decision to live simply and without electricity helped develop an overactive imagination and a fascination with dark corners.
Hannah works mainly in oils on wood, and her chiaroscuro paintings are evocative of Baroque portraiture. Heavy shadow adds depth, structure, and mystery to the subjects, while at the same time illuminating them; reflecting the psychological need to balance both aspects of our character.
Painting was temporarily replaced with photography whilst Hannah was bringing up a young family. She worked in a photographic studio subsequently refining her own visual and conceptual work that emerged through portrait photography, band artwork, and creative photographic experiments.
Hannah started painting again in 2010, experimenting with mixed media, acrylics, and oils on a variety of surfaces. She now enjoys painting high contrast narrative work on wooden panels, named using single sentences from her favourite books.
Hannah currently works from a shared studio in Bude on the North Cornwall coast.