Nea Hanscomb



In 1957 Nea was born to a career Naval Officer stationed in Bermuda. Her family moved frequently between east and west coast of the US.

After Nea graduated from high school in Athens, Greece, she left her family to attend the University of California at San Diego where she earned her B.A. in Communications/Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography and minors in Anthropology and Third World Studies.

After graduation from UCSD, Nea moved to San Francisco where she eventually became a freelance graphic designer. In subsequent years, she attended SFSU and earned a certificate in Multi Media Studies, and studied painting at SFAI under Bruce McGaw, affiliated with the San Francisco Figurative Movement.

Nea married at 35 and after a prolonged attempt at pregnancy, had her only child at 42. Nea began attending paint classes at the San Francisco Art Institute when her 3 year old son was diagnosed with severe autism.

Nea divorced her husband who became increasingly absent from their family. She continued painting and is exhibiting her work a second year from her home studio in San Francisco during S.F. Open Studios. Her show is scheduled Oct. 13 & 14, 2012

Artist Statement

Most of my art work is figurative and representational. My paintings and drawings are  based in experiences which have had deep emotional impact on me. The human element is an important key to unlocking the amazing resources of imagination which produce the visual drama of my paintings. While the images in my paintings seem more or less derived from nature they are not intended to be representations of ordinary everyday reality. I enjoy working with bright vivid colors in oil on canvas, in order to evoke a striking experience. As I paint I continuously ponder the structure and concepts of my images in order to insure that they correspond to my sense of the experiences underlying them. Objects depicted in dissimilar ways can become poetic in a painting.

Recently  I have experimented with fabric constructions created with threads and strips of fabric from t-shirts my son with autism tears up on a daily basis. It was an exercise in abstraction and has inspired me to begin painting imaginary shreds on large panels.

I think my art will reward attentive viewers.