Woody Hansen, an Internationally recognized artist, has a close relationship with watercolor painting for over sixty years. He is the recipient of numerous awards; including his state’s Gold Medal in 1974r, and the Bank of America award at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco.
He has taught watercolor classes and workshops, juried art exhibitions and demonstrated his watercolor technique for many organizations. His work is in private and corporate collections nationally, and internationally as well.
Hansen combines outdoor work, with the more controlled studio environment . Over the years his subject matter is varied. However, raised in the city of Mount Shasta, and now living within walking distance of Sacramento’s American River Parkway, Hansen prefers the outdoors; even much of his non-objective work originates, whenever possible among rocks, trees, sand, and water.
His formal education is in art, including study at the University of California college of Environmental Design (Architecture), Berkeley, and California College of Arts and Crafts (CCA), Oakland, where he studied watercolor painting with George Post, and Louis Miljarak. He has also benefitted from the friendship and workshops of other ;professional artists.
Hansen’s professional art career begins with painting cartoon window signs at thirteen years of age. By the time he is in high school, he develops a commercial sign business. Concurrently, he initiates a broadcasting career at the local radio station, KWSD, as a weekend announcer/disc jockey and the host of a Pepsi Cola Top Ten show.
After college he becomes employed at KKIS in Pittsburg, California, as a radio personality, and eventually the station’s Program Director until being drafted into the Army. Following basic training at Fort Ord, California, he is assigned to Ft. Lewis, Washington. It was there that at the request of the company commander, he successfully completes a variety of art projects for the United States Army..
Hansen also serves as a broadcaster for the Ft. Lewis Public Information Office. During off duty hours, he lands employment at KMO radio, Tacoma, as an evening disc jockey until finishing his military service with a thirteen month tour of duty at Camp Humphrey, South Korea.
Soon after discharge from the army, Hansen fines work at KSRO Radio, in art friendly Santa rosa, California, where he eventually becomes that station’s Program Director. Five years later he accepts a similar position with KCRA Radio and Television, in Sacramento. All this time, Hansen’s interest and practice of art never wains. He continues to exhibit and sell his work after release from the Army.