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/classroom in downtown Dover, NH. 

Visit my first-floor studio at Suite 1119 in the 1 Washington Street Mills in Dover. Call ahead for hours. 

Purchase My Art:

Email me through this website for originals and some prints.

Visit Galleries:

SEH Studios, 1 Washington Street, Suite 1119, Dover, New Hampshire

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

Ingram Fine Art, 106 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

Small Wonder Gallery, One Public Landing, Camden, Maine

The Kalled Gallery, 33 N. Main Street, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire


For Artists: Professional Development Workshops!

“Presenting Your Art Professionally”

“I came to this to support a dear friend…WOW!…i walked away with so much knowledge on the oh so many items that i never considered before. The detail that was covered for artists was astounding, not just for outdoor presentations, but for artists in general as to how to focus and audit who and what you are to the public as a professional.” ~ Steven Lawlor-Jones

“Art Price Planning”

“Your presentation tonight at the HAS meeting was terrific.  Learned a lot and realized that I have never taken my art seriously.  It has been a hobby for far too long.  Time to take it seriously.  Your presentation has given me the impetus to stop playing and start being serious. Many thanks my friend for your inspiration and knowledge.”
~ Sarah Roche

“Susan is professional and has a wealth of knowledge! I heard her speak at the Hollis Art Society’s monthly meeting, it was a great workshop on artist financing. Thank you!” ~ Christie M.

See “Events” or contact me today to schedule a program for your group or venue.


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!