I like to create new things, that’s who I am.  I tinker with music, songwriting, creating Novels, poems.  I discovered photography and a new love was born but art has always been my first love.  I choose my subjects for paintings mostly from my photography, so many times both skills are used together.  Some people tell me they can’t draw or they can’t paint.  My advice to them?  Don’t work so hard at it, make your own interpretation of what you’re seeing, it might turn out better than the original.  Painting is just pushing around paint with a brush, give it a try because it’s a peaceful and enjoyable thing to do in this fast paced techno world. I hope you will enjoy my artwork and photography. Russell Lee Hansen
Russell Lee Hansen
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mistohansen@yahoo.com  Russell Lee Hansen 2320 Central Ave. Kearney Ne 68857 308 237 1212
Four Fuji Masterpiece Awards Kodak Gallery Award PP of A Loan Collection Kodak Epcot Award Nebraska Master Photographer Of The Year Twelve PP of N Best In Show Awards Nebraska People’s Choice Award PP of Nebraska Jury High four Print Average 99.7 Nebraska Juried Top Artistic Photographer Five Nebraska Top Ten Awards
I’ve been a photographer since the age of ten, that was over fourty years ago.  I’ve kept current not by copying trends but by seeking out new styles and techniques of my own.  Each day I seek to see something in a different way, & try something new and exciting in my work.  This world has an endless supply of new things to photograh and in new  ways of seeing them.  Even though Digital has been exciting and new, I still hold on to my b&w darkroom skills that I’ve found during hours of working in a cramped darkroom, after all experience is the best teacher.
    I started my career as an artist at age thirteen when I made a Pastel portrait of a fellow classmate, her mother still has that portrait on the wall of her livingroom, as proud of it as she was when I first created it.  I started out working with a professional mentor so  in 1989 I decided to open my own full time photography studio, covering weddings, highschool seniors fashion, families and commercial photography. When digital came I started doing photoshop projects in 1995 for commercial advertising clients.  I wanted to get back to my art in 2004 and that’s what I’ve been doing since.