Lane’s work shines in moments that it includes the evidence of sketches and process, letting the hand-marks of the artist peek through the painting as drawn lines and notations, or where windows of underpainting shine up or peek through the large, graphic areas of subtle color shifts.
— Megan Kelley, Nashville Arts Magazine
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On any given morning, you’ll find Hannah Lane working in her home studio unlocking the secrets found in the layers of her mixed-media paintings. Lane’s dog, Paisley, is often found by her side on the splattered drop cloth settled below her easel. The room is enveloped in a variety of colorful paintings—some complete, others resting until the moment is right. Large windows cast a brilliant light throughout the room, creating an ethereal atmosphere. As the seasons change, the studio alters its mood and the color tone of Lane’s work shifts—brighter in the warmer seasons, more serious in the winter. 

 “My studio is a sacred space for me. I clear and reactivate it daily by lighting candles, burning sage and walking around the room setting intentions and prayers for my work and everyone who enters my studio.” 

Lane is a poetic mixed-media artist who thrives on wild creativity and the exploration of the unknown. As a Louisiana native, Lane takes pride in her Southern genesis. Her work embodies the vibrancy and allure of the South, celebrating the varied landscapes, diverse cultures, and the heartfelt values of family and community that are deeply enmeshed in her spirit. She uses illustrative line work and bursts of color as an emotional response to the forms she holds dear. With a broad style of abstract expressionism and gestural mark making, Lane manipulates materials and composition through a constructive process of pigmented Japanese paper, paint, and drawn work.

“I love to put the most contrasting colors beside each other on the canvas. Using saturated colors in my work is natural to me- an unconscious choice, more based on instinct.”

A graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, Lane began her artistic career as an illustrator and graphic designer before finding her undeniable passion as a painter. After living and painting abroad in Italy, and later New Orleans, Lane found home in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Galvanized by the marbled papers in Florence, Italy, Lane began collecting and working with papers in 2012. Not long after, she began pigmenting Japanese and patterned papers with ink to further transform them before layering with pastels and acrylic paint. The mystery and exposure in the materials create a process that is just as gratifying as the finished piece. Intent to take risks, Lane pushes the boundaries of mixed media past the familiar. She continues to work with common forms and figures while breaking open her creative vocabulary.

Hannah Lane is part of a thriving art community and paints full time in her home studio. Lane’s work is represented in seven galleries throughout the Southeast and is a featured artist of the Nashville Artist Collective. She welcomes studio visits by appointment, where guests can see her work on display and get a glimpse into her creative process. She loves connecting with people who are passionate about original art, and cherishes the individual responses one encounters in her sacred space.