Here's a letter from the artist -  - - 

Hello. My name is Carole Good-Hansen.  I was born in Kalamazoo, MI.  Being born one year after world war two, I realized at a young age I was destined to be an artist.  My favorite pastime usually involved a pencil, news print, a lap board and my perching in a tree.  I would draw for hours, eventually progressing to a 39 cent box of water colors.  Throughout my life, with all the many things I did and places I lived, was always afraid to commit to truly being an artist.  I felt inexperienced and on the fringe, not knowing what to expect.

As I became more confident in my artistic abilities, I became a silk screen printer, worked with a chain saw carver of west coast renown, and more. 

Then I was offered a special project for Fred Meyer and eventually became a display specialist. After that, I became a glass etcher doing work for Disney, Columbia House, Nike, Carl Greve's etc.

The actual turning point came unexpectedly with a trip back home to MI.  With a few choice pieces in hand, I wanted to judge the reaction I might get from a trusted friend. To my delight, it was positive.  I was visiting a lifelong friend who reconnected me with my High School art teacher - who was then director of the Battle Creek Art Commission. He promptly bought one of my pieces.  I was ecstatic to find my work was not only pleasing to me, but well received enough that someone was willing to pay for it.  This gave me the push I needed to start selling my work and I have been doing quite well with it ever since. 

That was fifteen years ago and I've never looked back.

Who could have guessed all those years ago what a rewarding experience this would be?  On a personal note, what more rewarding career could you have but doing what you are passionate about and getting paid for it?

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my work.

Regards,
     Carole Lynn Good-Hanson
                                                                                                                                                            


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