Painter JOHN HANSON was one of the 'originals' who took part in the first Cranbrook Art Shows over twenty years ago.
We are very sorry to announce that John passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday the 29th October.
John spent his working life as an Architect, specialising in detailed perspective 'Artist Impressions'. A major injury to his 'painting hand' in 1984 forced his retirement and was the start of his second career, as a watercolour artist and defined the style of his artwork which he described as painting in a 'free style'.
He also took up painting in Pastels as a second string to his bow.
When I first got to know him he was already retired and an accomplished and prolific watercolour painter however he was always willing to challenge and stretch himself as an artist and enjoyed learning new hints and tips while on painting holidays especially those spent with Barry Watkin who became a close friend. He also enjoyed many happy shared painting excursions with his fellow artist and friend David Aspinall.
John was an extremely generous and friendly man with a sunny character and a permanent smile on his face, he always had time for a chat. He will be greatly missed by his family and all of us who knew him.