Shawna Hanel

Having grown-up in a home originally decorated at the height of the psychedelic era, Shawna Hanel has spent the remainder of her life in recovery. Initially, her rehabilitation involved the exploration of the works of great masters while studying art history at Boise State University. After four years of textbook therapy, she made her way to Europe to behold the classics in person. During a year of hitchhiking from one museum to another, she discovered she was not a budding art historian, but rather a fledgling photographer.

Concurrently, she caught a nasty travel bug. On a quest for a cure, her future husband and she obtained English teaching credentials enabling them to live and work in Indonesia, Chile and Taiwan. Throughout their time abroad, she refined her photographic technique until she began to suspect that she’d taught herself all she could. While she was ready to return to school, her husband had not fully recuperated from wanderlust. This led them to graduate studies in Australia at RMIT University (formerly the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). Today, they’ve returned to southern Idaho, where she is an artist educator—and has come to embrace her vividly colorful childhood.