Pardon Me, Hannah Dean?
Hannah Dean's serene and geometric landscapes first popped into our consciousness (and onto our screens) a few years ago. From the first moment we saw her work we knew that her paintings would be make for a great addition to our gallery walls. Well, a few years later the stars have aligned and Hannah Dean is officially part of the Well + Wonder team. A full time tax accountant and artist on the side we could not be more thrilled to have this Houston lady as an artist on our team. As with many of our artists Hannah's pursuit of painting serves as an outlet for her to express herself creatively and to utilize the "other half" of her brain. With every brush stroke and mark made, Not only does Hannah finds clarity and a deeper understanding of herself but also allows her to meet and connect with so many wonderful people who choose to collect her art. I am sure by now that y'all know we love the "connection" part of art almost better than the paintings themselves and. we can safely say that over the years at Well + Wonder connecting with others fills our cup over everything else. Through learning more about these artists, the people behind the brushes and the pencils, we are ever more drawn to their work and know that y'all are too. So, get to know Hannah a little bit better by reading her answers to our rapid-fire Q&A. Then be sure to save the date and set your alarms for her grand Well + Wonder debut coming this Monday, June 27th at 12 pm EST! Welcome, Hannah!
What is currently on your nightstand?
A tv remote (hello real housewives) and a scrunchie
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
Aryn Guillory (owner and lead designer of Oyster Creek Studios). She took a chance on me early on in my art career and her ability to “start over” career wise in life and create a thriving business doing what she loves really inspires me.
Tell us about your childhood. What is the most memorable moment as a young person?
One of my fondest memories as a child was when “Santa” brought each of me and my two siblings a black lab puppy with big red bows on their heads for Christmas (yes, 3 puppies).
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
Handmade paper. There is something so fabulous about the texture and grit.
What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
My home studio. It is where I do all the things. Whether it be painting, monogramming, accounting, sewing, etc. It’s a space for me to create.
What is your biggest score online?
I’ll do you one better. Last year I found two dyson vacuum cleaners and a Keurig in the garbage room at my apartment complex.
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?
It’s a great way to explore different styles of art in one place. I always say just buy what you love. Don’t overthink it. If you absolutely adore a piece of art, you will find the right place for it.
If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?
This doesn’t count as a museum, but I would go to Anne Irwin gallery in Atlanta. I love being able to see work that I recognize in person and am always inspired by a trip there.
What is your favorite hotel and what makes it special?
The Edition in Barcelona is my favorite to date. It has a fabulous rooftop bar with views of the city and the service was amazing.
If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why?
A natural pink because that’s what I usually go with.
I can never get on a plane without….
Flight anxiety LOL
How did you get into the world of art?
During the pandemic I was placed on a reduced work schedule at my big four accounting job. At first I was very nervous about what it could mean for my career and life in general. It was during the early stages of covid and we just didn’t know what would happen with the economy. I started painting to fill the time and to give myself a hobby. It quickly turned into me selling things to neighbors and friends and then grew from there. The time away from my accounting job turned out to be monumental and gave me flexibility to grow my art business.
What do you do to relax?
I am a massage fanatic and usually get them once every two weeks. I also love a good bubble bath or laying by the pool.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
I’m always very inspired when traveling. I try to pop into art galleries in each city that I visit and just take in the colors and shapes around me in new places.
Prediction for the Color of 2023?
A shade of green. I can’t get enough green lately.
What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?
El Tiempo (Our favorite Mexican restaurant here in Houston) and in bed by 8.
Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.
A landscape on canvas that an interior designer placed above her baby’s crib.
One piece of advice for buying original art?
Buy what you love and don’t overthink it.