Annette Adrian Hanna has been painting since childhood. Originally interested in fashion design and illustration, she developed an interest in portraiture and studied at the Art Students League in New York with Daniel Greene, George Passantino and John Howard Sanden. Subsequently, she was in a Master painting class with Sanden, and then studied privately with Burt Silverman. She became interested in pastels and now is both an oil and pastel painter. Spending a lot of time outdoors hiking, she began painting plein-air and now favors landscapes and portraiture equally. She manages to capture obscure, often overlooked outdoor scenes, and the personality of the individual subject in her portrait and figurative work.
A member of the American Artist’s Professional League of New York, the prestigious Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Society of America, the Northwest Pastel Society, and other professional societies, this multi-award winning artist has been published in American Artist magazine, International Artist magazine, Portrait Highlights magazine, The Best of Pastels, as well as her own book on “How to Paint Portraits in Oil”. Among Hanna’s awards are five Gold Medals from the Salmagundi Club, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the American Artist’s Professional League, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Grumbacher, First Prize from the American Society of Portrait Artists, and winner of a Winsor Newton National Painting Competition. She is on the faculty of Morris County Art Association and Center for Contemporary Art in New Jersey, and has shown her work nationally and internationally.