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Water-Inspired Pieces Make Hannah Bunch's "Submerge" Flow

Artist Hannah Bunch’s acrylic and watercolor series Submerge showcases her deep connections with water.

By Jenna Dejong

Jun 2018

Hannah Bunch Submerge Art - By Hannah Bunch
Photos by Hannah BunchAt the time, Bunch had never painted while doing a live video and decided to give it a try, producing this as the result. At first it was intimidating, but Bunch said it was interesting to talk about her work and show people what she was working on before it was finished. This piece is currently unavailable for sale.
Hannah Bunch Submerge Art - By Hannah Bunch
Photos by Hannah BunchThis piece was the first time Bunch used a non-textured, smooth paper for watercolor paints and she loved the end result. Bunch said this artwork makes a strong statement, like a dancer giving her final pose. This piece is currently unavailable for sale.
Hannah Bunch Submerge Art - By Hannah Bunch
Photos by Hannah BunchThis piece was one of the largest oval pieces Bunch had completed, making it for an exciting experience. The work is extremely textured which Bunch achieved through layering her paints. This artwork is available for sale.
Hannah Bunch Submerge Art - By Hannah Bunch
Photos by Hannah BunchBunch used a photograph when she started painting the piece on a wood panel. The image reminds Bunch of a pirate looking out at sea and reminds her to look forward to the excitement of the future. This piece is currently for sale.

Her three-year project started with a GoPro and her cousin in a pool. Springfield artist Hannah Bunch experimented with the way light reacted to water, and the photos became the focus of her current series. Fast-forward to today, and the collection offers acrylics, watercolors and photography in all shapes and sizes. 

She started the project her senior year at Drury University, and the collection, titled Submerge, now includes more than 200 pieces. Fascinated with light, Bunch usually starts with a photograph that leads to her own spin on the piece. “Life really parallels water in that it is loud and chaotic and uncontrollable up top, but then you really reflect on things and it’s peaceful, just like underwater,” Bunch says.

  
When she’s not painting pieces for Submerge, Bunch is working with watercolor and photography, participating in fundraising events, teaching private group art classes and working on commissions for clients. 

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Learn about Hannah, see more of her work and view her art class schedule on her website.