Hannah Thomas studied Art at the University of West of England, then going on to work as a music photographer in London for nearly a decade, regularly published in music magazines and doing commissions for bands.
In what seemed a natural transition, and resulting from a desire for a new artistic direction, she began working with paint and mixed media. Work from her project 'Rebel Visions' was displayed in a solo exhibition at Green Rooms Hotel in London last summer.
She has now moved on to larger canvas works and is preparing for an art fair in London in October. She has been based at a studio in the Welsh borders for the last eighteen months to allow full time practice of her art and prepare work for opportunities this year.
She will be moving back to a location nearer London in the spring.
I am an abstract artist; for me painting is a way to create utterly instinctively, a space to be experimental, without self censorship and entirely free.
I don't profess to speak for anyone but myself, and work only to express my own experiences and sense of myself in the world, I am emotionally led personality and it is always an emotional conversation i am having with the painted surface and that dictates how the paint is applied.
As every painting is borne out of the previous one, I am not conscious of pursuing a signature style, but instead passionate about constantly evolving, always being true in my work and avoiding easy repetition.
I am always exploring the state of restlessness, chaos and chance that life presents and the challenges of retaining a sense of one's own capability and autonomy in the face of this.
My focus is always atmosphere, always intensity, always the thrust of an emotional energy onto the work, the work is entirely a product of my senses and interior life and therefore impossible to verbalise without distortion or embellishment.
Without submitting to the pressure to categorise or deconstruct, art for me is best summed up by a quote from Walt Whitman: 'I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world'.