Hannah Charlton grew up in Eastern Washington. She studied art at Whitworth University, where she first became interested in medieval art history. This was encouraged by an internship at the Grünewald Guild, an arts retreat center that held classes in traditional arts like stained glass, calligraphy, and icon writing. Being surrounded by a community of artists, art lovers, and Ponderosa pine trees helped her realize what she truly wanted from life and from art. Hannah creates illuminated manuscripts, the way books were made in the Middle Ages before the printing press. Making an illuminated manuscript page feels like a magic trick: some gold, some paint, and suddenly you have conjured a tiny piece of the past. Her subjects include the writings of 15th century feminist Christine de Pizan, Game of Thrones, and unicorns. She currently lives in Spokane, Washington.
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