Hannah prefers to use a sponge brush and tempera paint on large canvases and boards. She uses different types of lines to fill the entire surface with repetitious pattern, texture, color, shape, and direction.
Her lines start off as straight, all running in a similar direction. Then she starts varying the lengths and directions of the lines, filling the surface with contrasting intersections and blocks of color. Her paintings started taking on a more figurative and landscape-like quality. Her lines change again, first into a looping, circular pattern and then into a stippling technique that resembles reptile scales. Each painting is a different combination of these line-making techniques and she uses them to break up the space in different ways.
Hannah Emerson is a 35-year-old female artist on the Autism Spectrum.
Hannah is non-verbal but communicates using sign language, gestures and through her art. Hannah receives residential services from CTA Community Supports and lives in West Jordan, Utah.
Hannah has always enjoyed coloring and drawing but began actively painting in 2008. Shortly after graduating from school, Hannah began attending an adult day program for people with autism and developmental disabilities known as ADAP. Hannah became the most active participant in their Creative Arts Program. It was there that Hannah was first introduced to the world of painting.
Hannah was given various materials and was challenged to choose and experiment with different mediums. Slowly, through consistent routine and positive encouragement, Hannah was able to sit down, choose her colors and paint. Hannah prefers to use flat bristle brushes and tempera paint on large canvases and boards. She is best described as a Process Artist and an Action Painter. Painting and creating her art is now the most important part of her day.
Hannah is a very prolific painter. Painting and creating her art is now the most important part of her day. In line with the nationwide movement to support people with disabilities in a more inclusive and individualized manner, Hannah now has her own art studio and produces her work in a private art studio, amongst other artists, at "The Art Factory" in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Art is changing Hannah's life; it is an avenue for her to express herself freely. Painting gives Hannah a universal voice to tell the world that she is a person full of passion, emotions and great talent.