At first glance, the impressive work of Phil Hansen appears to adhere to the style of pointillism. Yet those who stop there will miss out greatly. Instead, his work is text-based. Phil Hansen takes stories of challenges and struggles as well as words of encouragement and hope and turns them into stunning large-scale portraits and murals. This fact is made even more poignant considering his own trials overcoming irreversible nerve damage.
The imagery Phil Hansen portrays themselves are heartbreakingly honest even without the words that form them. He writes, "My present approach evolved out of what seemed at the time to be an artistic cul-de-sac: damage to the nerves in my forearm from the single-minded pursuit of pointillism. Driven to think of other ways to create art, I began pushing myself to experiment with new media."