January Featured Artist: Kyle Hanson

Kyle Cameron Hanson, the son of Sharyi and Michael Hanson, was born in 1995 with Pierre-Robin Syntax and Pyloric Stenosis. Kyle underwent several surgeries as an infant and had a tracheostomy tube in place until he was 2 ½ years old. He was subsequently diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and Early Onset Bipolar Disorder.

In the face of these challenges, Kyle excelled in school and developed an early interest in artistic expression. He’s also an avid reader and has deep appreciation for music. He loves to play video games and he’s worked with computers since the age of three.

About four years ago, Kyle was taking an online art class offered by GEE Art at GEEguides.com. While his dad was listening to “Come Again” from the album, “Songs from the Labyrinth,” Kyle began working on a computer art project. When the music ended, Kyle said, “Hey, dad, would you like to see what that music looks like?”

His “painting” was a Fantasia-like collage of colors and images that reflected the beauty of the song. Kyle says he sees music in images in his mind and then paints them on his computer screen. His artwork is created using a computer mouse in Corel’s Painter X computer program.

See Kyle’s work through January at Carnegies, 1600 Oregon Street, Redding. Meet Kyle at a reception for the artist, for Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop, Sat., Jan. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

Click HERE for ArtHop maps and more information.

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