Hannon Art Works, North Scituate, RI
Christine McIntyre-Hannon’s artistic talent goes back to the age of five, but it was not until 2003 when her son challenged her with a poignant statement that she decided to make the leap and pursue her art full-time. While discussing career options with one of her sons as he was planning for college, he called her out on the fact that she was not doing what she had planned to do with her degree. Driven to leave a visual legacy and build a family business, she left her career of 13 years at Verizon Yellow Pages to pursue her dreams.
For her first year of college she attended Roger Williams University, studying Historic Preservation and Architecture. After her first year she transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth’s School of Visual & Performing Arts. While there she studied Illustration and Visual Design and minored in Calligraphy. In 1990 she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was offered her first position with Verizon as a graphic designer.
The bulk of her clientele consists of empty nesters looking for vacation destination type murals or replications of fabric patterns. She has also found herself working on replicating wallpaper as well. Due to the moist climate at beach homes in the North East that makes traditional wallpaper prohibitive, painted “wallpaper” is taking off.
Although she also does faux finishing work, mural work is her main focus. She believes that the “muralist is creating an environment.” An example of her creating an environment for a homeowner is a guestroom that she completed at a beach house. The room is painted with a mural of the beach and water that the house overlooks. Looking out the windows you can see that the horizon line in her mural merges with the actual horizon line. It is these special touches that she works so hard to achieve that put her in such high demand.
When asked about her favorite job she had trouble narrowing it down, but in the end she said it was a boathouse that she worked on in Edgewood that had an “old time yacht” theme. The whole house was designed to be environmentally “green” and cutting edge. Her favorite part of the project was that the “intent for the mural was always in the plans, it wasn’t an afterthought. It had been worked into the entire design of the home.”
In addition to working on homes Christine also works on public buildings and does work with non-profit organizations. Christine is currently working on an exhibit in The Battleship Cove Museum entitled “Women Protecting the United States.” In particular, she is working on the “Rosie the Riveter” portion of the exhibit. She is using her talents on this job to replicate the look of rusted welded steal. The end result will be to make the ship look like it’s being built around the museum visitor as they proceed through the exhibit. Christine also works with Rhode Island’s “Wish-Come-True” foundation to make dream rooms for children with illnesses and a diminished quality of life. She says of the cause “creating that dream environment is important for bed-bound children.” Yet another way that she as a muralist is creating an environment.
Working along side her during breaks from teaching is her husband Joseph Hannon. She and Joseph met while in college studying Illustration and Visual Design. After college, Joseph pursued a career as an art teacher and works in 2 schools in Rhode Island teaching art to children Kindergarten through Eight Grade. Christine credits Joseph for helping her to hone her skills and sharpness. His critique and expert eye help her to see her work in a new light. She is also grateful for the support he gave her when she decided to leave Verizon. She comments, “it was a scary jump from Verizon to mural panting, but he trusted me.” Joseph’s faith in Christine was well placed. Five years after starting Hannon Art Works, business is thriving and not showing any signs of slowing down.
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