Rosemaling       Wood Carving       Guilloche

Louise Hankes - Artist Statement

My artistic vision comes to life by breaking the boundaries of the Norwegian folk art with unexpectedly modern emotion and color: ancient rosemaling, wood carving and translucent Guilloche enamels with their organic swirls exploding into the modern world with vibrant colors and a playful attitude. The images I paint pay homage to my family’s paternal fishing village on the southernmost tip of Norway and also the sense of optimism with which they boldly faced upon their journey west.

My artistic roots as a printmaker influence how I listen to the figures from my ancestry which beckons contemporary shades and expression.  Breathing new life and whimsy into the canvas with bold pigment and dimension elevates my spirit.  With a brush in hand, it is a joy to offer new form and composition to the creative traditions.


Post Graduate Studies   The Gage, Seattle WA - Advanced Painting
The Art Institute, San Francisco, CA - Advanced Printmaking 
BA - Fine Art Printmaking - Sonoma State University 1983

Art Gallery's, Exhibits & Awards

October 2013  Ryan James-Kirkland  Solo Artist Exhibition
September 2013 Mercer Island Arts Council Prize Winner for "Surf Dance" - two paintings selected
May 2013 Sound Transit Seattle Selected as an approved artist by Sound Transit.
Feb 2013 Ryan James Gallery-Bellevue Whirlism featured in Grand Opening Gala
October 2012 Veridian Group Exhibition Show on Mercer Island, WA
July 2012 Bellevue Festival of the Arts Juried Art Show

Press Articles

Feb 2014  "Business Spotlight: Artist Louise Hankes" Mercer Island Living
Jan 14th 2013 "Mercer Island artist celebrate new Bellevue art gallery Mercer Island Reporter
July 26th 2012 "Mercer Island artist to showcase work at Bellevue Mercer Island Reporter
festival of the arts" (front page)
July 19th 2012 "Artist brings playful paintings to Bellevue Festival Bellevue Reporter
June 30th 2012 "Bellevue Arts Week" The Scene

Professional History - available upon request

Contact Me
My Studio is located on
Mercer Island, in Heavenly Washington State


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