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Joyce Hanson 110th Allied Artists of America Bronze Medal of Honor Winner

-By Michael Gabriele

Master pastelist Joyce Hanson said she enjoys an endless view of trees in the verdant, majestic Adirondacks mountain range of upstate New York. Inspired by this endless view, she depicted an intimate forest-floor ecosystem of color, shadow and sunlight, titled “Trail to Long Pond,” which captured the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 110th annual Allied Artists of America juried exhibition, displayed online and at the renowned Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH.


“It is a great honor to receive the Bronze Award, and to be invited to send my work to the Butler,” Hanson said. “It means a great deal to me, and it’s hard for me to comprehend this honor.”


Among the many highlights in her extensive career, Hanson is a master pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Master Circle of the International Societies of Pastel Associations, an elected member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and an elected member of Allied Artists of America.


As stated in her art biography, living deep in the Adirondack Mountains, surrounded by forests and lakes, Hanson’s pastel paintings reflect the natural world in intimate detail, as depicted in “Trail to Long Pond.”

“The representation in my work is a moment in time in which only I will ever witness and choose to create,” she explained. The “moment in time” is defined by “a point of change; the story in an image; an unexpected visual I encounter; the wetness of rain or melting snow; shooting rays of sun pushing through the darkness; an illuminated pathway to what I should see; the sharp aftermath of a wind storm or the slow life and death of a tree. Everything is connected and important. When I am done, the story remains for me. The moment is not gone and I am connected.”


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