Sabine Hahnel

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 had to pursue a career in Critical Care Nursing. She soon adapted and fell in love with the profession of caring for other people.

With this change in direction, art was now becoming her refuge and therapy.

She emigrated with her husband, son and dog to Canada in 1998 where she still works full time as a Critical Care Nurse.

She loves being outdoors hiking, skiing, biking 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 inspirations.

She attempts to capture the fascinating beauty of our beautiful world using bright bold colors and textures combined with a contemporary/ 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:

Or on her Facebook page:

Find Sabine in McIntyre Park

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