Julie on Apr 3, 20185 out of 5 stars
This is a great little find! It adds such sparkle and charm to my small works of art. Van shipped it perfectly - very quickly, safely and inexpensively. I could definitely use another one of these, to get a matched set! I highly recommend this friendly and talented seller, and I hope to shop here again soon. Thanks!
lisarsimpson on Jan 29, 20175 out of 5 stars
This painting reminds me of the huge night sky at White Sands, New Mexico. It's a beautiful, other worldly place, and for me, it's packed with happy memories. Thank you for capturing a moment of joy and wonder in a tiny painting!
5 out of 5 stars
This scene reminds me of places I've been when I worked in Europe. I like the artist's color palette. Definitely different, definitely nice.
Everyone's life can be made richer with Art!
Welcome to VanArtLife!
My name is Van Hutchinson and I am an acrylic artist who believes everyone’s life can be made richer with art!
As the daughter of a hobby cartoonist and a hobby painter, it was no surprise to anyone when I started showing signs of creativity. When I was a child, my drawing of a vase of flowers was featured in a Dallas art competition and I was constantly writing bad poetry and submitting it to an assortment of magazines. In spite of the failure of my writing, I went on to write t.v. commercials, some of which were nominated for and even won some local and national awards. After burning out on that career, I moved to Japan to teach English. There a passion for photography popped up resulting in a dozen photos appearing in the national English newspaper, The Japan Times. Upon my return to Texas I lived with my artist mother and was constantly exposed to the smell of turpentine, which I started to dislike. Knowing how I felt about it but wanting me to return to the arts, she gave me a set of acrylic paints for Christmas and that’s when it all began. I took the set into my small bedroom and I painted. And painted. And painted some more. I couldn’t stop!
That was back in 2011. Now on my own in a studio apartment I paint under the light of the kitchen stove. What do I paint? Well, my subject matter has evolved over the years I have been selling my art. I started with small paintings of hearts, then flowers, then fruit, and then commission portraits of both people and pets. I also sell prints of my Japanese photographs. These days, I also paint landscapes, cloudscapes and seascapes, experimenting with styles and approaches. My series of paintings have included the award-winning Hamanako series, the Monochrome series, the Sunflower series, the What Do You See? series and the Where Are They? series.
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