Hans Habeger

I paint in oils on wood panels and draw with conte crayon and pastel on drafting film. My recent work concentrates on the facades of strip malls and big box stores as well as the spaces around them. These types of settings are common in the suburban landscape and highlight the culture of consumerism and convenience in which we live. I find these subjects in my immediate surroundings visually appealing due to the quality of light, evidence of time and human impact, implication of metaphor and narrative, and arrangement and quality of the formal design elements. Photographic references are the source images for the works as they allow me capture a wide range of subjects, views, and the specificity of the place.
The photographic images are typically edited and cropped using digital tools before I start drawing or painting. Drawing is an important part of my process. I'll start by making small sketches and will also create larger value drawings of selected images. Through the process of drawing I am able to become familiar with proportions, values, and placement of shapes, while also experimenting with marks and textures. Through the process of both drawing and painting the works are created with hopes of capturing the mood and overall visual qualities of the scene.