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who I am and

what I have done

Give me two hours a day of activity,
and I’ll take the other
twenty-two in dreams.

- Salvador Dali

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Steven Hanlen

Portland, Oregon

In my life I have been shaped by three places I have lived; Spokane, WA, where I was born and raised, Florence, IT, where I fell in love with art and food, and Portland, OR, where I learned to be a more fully realized person.

The colors on this site reflect these touchstone places for me with the Red of Florence, the Lilac of Spokane and the Rose of Portland.

I believe in the power of telling a good story, through art and design. 

I have a proven, strong ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment and have thirteen years plus experience working for Nike Inc in variety of categories and increasing levels of responsibility.

I have proven experience driving learning solution design through all phases from concept, presentation, design, development, facilitation, evaluation, refinement, and implementation.

pivotal artistic moments

in my life and career

preschool
preschool painting
As soon as I could hold a brush and a pen all I wanted to do was draw and tell stories. We would make complex battle scenes from Star Wars and detailed control panels of spaceships on giant butcher paper sheets.
Mad Magazine at Newman Lake
My mom got my grandmother a subscription to Mad Magazine for Mother's Day in the 1960's and they all ended up at the lake in a dresser drawer. The magazine shaped my sense of humor and approach to storytelling as a visual medium.
Wuhan, China
I spent my fourth grade year living and going to school in Wuhan, China. The early experience of seeing life beyond my hometown helped to open my eyes to the world.
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Pink Floyd
In high school I discovered Pink Floyd and the marriage of art and music, visual and sound.
Firenze
I was lucky enough to study abroad in Florence for a year and absorb all the depth and feeling that the city had to offer.
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Grace & Thomas
Having children changed the way I looked at creating and what it meant to share what being creative means to me.

some of my work

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portraits

weddings to children and life in between

project management

leadership & process

pets

treasured companions

graphic design

tell your story

portraits

weddings to children and life in between

project management

leadership & process

pets

treasured companions

graphic design

tell your story

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testimonials

clients and collaborators

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trout
Working with Hanlen_Art is a dream come true. Steve is so easy to work with, goes above and beyond the call of duty every time and ensures that your expectations will be exceeded. You will not be disappointed with his art direction whether that is custom illustration, brand identity, custom font exploration, color selection, digital design, print design, merchandise design, web design and beyond. Prepare to be amazed.
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CEO
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Jason
High quality, unique and original art! Steven was incredibly helpful with my purchase and shipping was quicker than Amazon. I purchased a second poster and will keep an eye out for future work. Highly recommend!
Jason
Etsy Buyer
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Dougherty
Incredible design, detail and quality.
Very fast delivery, item arrived in perfect condition.
ddougherty1990
Etsy Buyer