Sabine Hahnel was born in 1967 in Communist East Germany and spent most of her childhood in a small town, going to school in a system where individuality and imagination were not considered traits to be explored and fostered.
She grew up admiring the artistic talent of her grandfather and she spent many hours watching him paint. It was difficult to find decent materials to work with but his ingenuity always found a way for him to express himself through his art.
Sabine is like him, entirely self-taught and always strives to improve her technique. She dreamt of becoming a painter, creating art professionally.
In the communist regime however, she couldn’t freely choose which path she could take professionally and had to obey the requirements of the system.
That is why she trained to be a Critical Care Nurse. She soon accepted this new challenge and fell in love with the profession of caring for other people.
With this drastic change in direction, art was now becoming more and more a refuge and therapy to deal with the stress and emotional burden of the life of a Intensive Care Nurse.
In 1998 she emigrated to Canada with her husband, son and pet dog where she works full time in an Edmonton hospital.
She loves being outdoors hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking and forever looking for the next inspiration, to catch a glimpse of this ‘’something’’ that makes her heart skip a beat. Nature is what she loves most for her subject matter and where she finds most of her ideas.
She attempts to capture the fascinating beauty of this beautiful world using bright bold colors and textures combined with a contemporary and impressionistic approach.
For Sabine, the beauty of painting is the freedom to alter reality and make it the way she would like it to be. Roots of this desire go back to her formative years living in a restrictive system.
She always feels there is something exciting about a blank canvas and bringing it to life.
Her goal is to make the viewer feel at peace and relaxed, like entering a place where one can let go and just be.
Sabine participates in the Edmonton Art Walk annually, where she enjoys meeting art lovers and getting invaluable feedback on her work.
Her art can be found in numerous collections within Canada, the United States and Germany and Switzerland.
Her studio and home is on an acreage in Strathcona County. Together with her husband, she also raises bees and Bison in her spare time.
You can find a collection of her art available for purchase and previously sold pieces on her website:
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