Winning artwork for the Westminster Dog Show poster titled Lucy.
“index” is typically reserved for cataloging and is forthright in this use. But more interesting is her focus on the look of the women, even mentioning that their eyes inspired her, as they are “the windows to the soul.”
Another award-winning endeavor of Stahl’s was securing the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Poster Contest in 2016. More than a poster, her rendition of “Lucy” is an adorable painting of a Staffordshire bull terrier in full flight. The portrait illuminates the muscular composition and strength of the breed, while the subtle but dramatic lighting renders a technique indicative of Rembrandt. This success has brought Stahl both notoriety and a steady stream of work.
As for her personal art, it’s easy to see the magnitude of creativity and imagery conjured for what appears to be a crossover of “down the rabbit hole” and “wake me up, I’m dreaming.” These works allow Stahl to explore the depths of her childhood and that of an adult woman. In them, she shares a piece of emotional flesh. By offering her unprotected ego for consumption by a discerning audience of her peers and public, she displays a surprising—albeit, cathartic— amount of courage. Stahl’s collective works remain loosely tied, but there is clear evidence of an uninhibited creative pulse lurking in the private space of her mind, always in high gear. With a budding career, it is apparent that Stahl’s inner strength allows her the ability to toss aside personal fear and accept risk by experimenting with technique, materials, and an examination of her emotions. As Stahl continues on this path, the art community will keep their eyes following her rise and what appears to be an exciting journey of creative exploration. Hannah Stahl is the daughter of Jim and Mary Jane Stahl of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Stahl earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012; fulfilled an artist-in-residence commitment at the Leipzig International Art Program in Leipzig, Germany; and in 2014, she received an MFA at The New York Academy of Art in New York in 2015. She now works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York. H
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