Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1941, Linda Hanson earned her B.A. from California State University in 1983 and her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1986. Although primarily a painter, Hanson has also done illustration and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and art centers in California and Washington, D.C. Hanson paints detailed images of familiar locales–the garage, the backyard, the kitchen–working in a traditional manner, with emphasis on fine rendering and light-filled space. *Excerpted from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc.