The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to present Through My Eyes, the first solo museum exhibition of paintings by Rhea Grandon of Ellinwood, KS.
Grandon, a 57-year painting veteran, began her love affair with painting at the tender age of 20. Over time, she discovered her favorite medium to be acrylic and people became her preferred subject matter. Her love of people rivals her love of painting and when Grandon combines these two passions, the result is soulful; mystery and pretense dissolve allowing simple childlike faith to lead viewers on a journey of discovery.
Grandon’s penchant for the Southwest is strongly observed through subject matter and color choices. Warm sun baked earth tones, appropriately muted, seem welcoming and comforting, inviting viewers to relax and stay awhile. Common, yet not, Through My Eyes does not put on airs. It simply exists to be enjoyed.
Currently, this prolific artist has work in twenty-eight countries. Several of Grandon’s canvases have found permanent homes in the collections of noted people such as Goldie Hawn (custom portrait), George Segal, Wayne Newton, Dame Peggy Ashcroft (a member of the famous Studebaker family), a United States Senator, and three Kansas Governors. Two of Grandon’s paintings have been considered for purchase at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Through My Eyes will be on display at the Dane G. Hansen Museum October 6, 2017, through December 3, 2017.