Why SEH?

Why “SEH” Studios? I’m Susan E. Hanna and I sign my work as “SEH.”

My recent work explores larger canvasses as well as small metal panels. Outdoors, I paint fast and loose while still indicating great detail. In the studio, I love painting large with big brushes and a lot of glazing.  I choose to work in oil because it appears to be alive in the way that the colors continue to blend and change as they dry. There’s something about making that first large “swoop” of paint and then becoming lost in the medium until the image may be called complete.

I am a full-time artist. My joy derives from recreating, and hopefully sharing, the pleasure I feel when I see light glowing through the leaves, across the sky or skittering along wave tops and eddies. I want others to also feel a little breathless at the way a current leads to the coastline, which echoes the cliff line high above where branches gracefully keep the mind’s eye moving. Patrons have described my art as “serene.” And that’s probably the closest description to how I feel when I paint.

SEH Studios work includes landscapes, coastal scenes, garden scenes and portraits of people or homes.  I enjoy painting en plein air (outdoors) but spend substantial time working in my studio in downtown Dover, NH.

I am a resident artist at The Art Center on the first floor at 1 Washington Street in Dover, New Hampshire. 

Purchase My Art:

Email me through this website for originals and some prints.

Visit Galleries:

Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, 294 Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine (Seasonal May through October)

Ingram Fine Art, 106 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine (Seasonal May through October)

N.W. Barrett Gallery, 53 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Small Wonder Gallery, One Public Landing, Camden, Maine

The Art Center, 1 Washington Street, Suite 106, Dover, New Hampshire

Trumpet Fine Arts Gallery, 8 Grove Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire

Exhibits and association events:

I am a member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks, the Greater Salem Artists Association, the Hollis Arts Society, and the New Hampshire Plein Air Artists.  Please check out my Events page on this website for shows and exhibits.

Check out my “Buy Prints” tab above to purchase prints.

Private Art Lessons Offered:

Please contact me by email via this website for rates and availability. Lessons offered to all ages in a setting suited to the desires and capacities of the student. I’d love to work with you.

I’ve found a niche painting historical buildings and homes. If you are affiliated with a home or site and would like to have me or a group of artists come to paint, please email me. Among others, I’ve painted the Forbes House in Milton, Massachusetts; the Taylor Mill in Derry, New Hampshire; and the James House in Hampton, New Hampshire.

You may  have seen me near a beach, along a cliff walk or in the middle of an open field. You can find me meeting and greeting the public at many events throughout the year. Please introduce yourself!

I accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards!

Yes – layaway!