Heroes and Influences
“I still think of myself as a painter for some reason. I think I’m painting with liquids but making objects that are dimensional, that have a sense of their own space but demand some viewing in terms of walking around the piece.”
Lynda Benglis says she paints with three-dimensional brushstrokes and termed her well-known wall-mounted relief sculptures, paintings.
Simone Riford Hanna is part of the sixth generation of her family born and raised in Hawai’i. She is very proud of her family history and her forefather’s achievements. So far she has held her own. Moving to Texas to attend college at Texas Christian University, mostly because of the TCU Women’s Rifle Team, she co-founded TCU’s first studio art student organization (ArtOrg), helped the rifle team win the 2010 National Championships, met President Obama at the White House with other National Champions, won the Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award, and graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors. For two years after graduating she worked as a self-employed freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area- Studio Assistant for artist John Holt Smith, Gallery Director at Casa Mañana Gallery in Casa Mañana Theatre, after school art teacher at Bedford Heights Elementary School, Bartender at Showdown, art packer for a moving company, art installer for individuals and businesses, and “Artist” (businessman, marketer, creator). In 2012 Simone accepted the position of "Assistant Photographer" at the Pier 1 Imports photo studio, headquartered in downtown Fort Worth. In 2015 she stepped up to "Studio Production Specialist." Simone enjoys keeping everything organized and tries to keep people happy. She met her husband, Mike, at Pier 1. Mike is a photographer and has introduced her to new outdoor activities like mountain biking and kayak fishing, making Texas feel more like home. They were married on Oahu on the most perfect day, 3/13/17!