“Shadowing” CD & Wolf Muse

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Hannah received a phone call from Classical Music company CD cover ShadowingNavona Records (division of Parma Recording Company) because composer Ruth Loman wanted Hannah’s painting “Two Wolves to be on her new album     Shadowing.”

Mrs. Loman was Composer and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.   A composer of concertos for piano, bassoon, and trumpet,

Lomon is probably best known for her works based on the poetry of Holocaust victims and survivors:  Songs of Remembrance, and her oratorio, Testimony of Witnesses for chorus, orchestra and soloists.

Hannah and I greatly enjoy this album and were very saddened to learn that Ruth passed away before the album was released on March 10, 2017.

Artists and art lovers, like Ruth Loman, have experienced in Hannah’s paintings
the spirit of the wild in nature. 

Hannah named her Studio Wolfmuse?        Why?Wages Wolf crop 2

Here is how Hannah explains it.

” The WOLF is a “nature painting”
of what I aspire to in my art.

astoundingly beautiful      powerful spirit
purposeful wildness    energetic flow
wisdom      risk-courage
Heart “



A poem that also expresses Hannah’s feeling for wolves and nature is from the Wintu Native American tribe* who lived in what is now northern California.

 Down west we dance,
 We spirits dance,
 We spirits weeping dance.

 *Settlers tried to control Wintu land and relocate the people west of Clear Creek. In a “friendship feast” in 1850, whites served poisoned food to local Indians, from which 100 Nomsuu and 45 Wenemem Wintu died.  More deaths and destruction of Wintu land followed in 1851 and 1852, in incidents such as the Bridge Gulch Massacre

Here are some of Hannah’s favorite “Wolf” poems and thoughts

“To look into the eyes of a wolf is to discover the spirit of the wild.
                                                                                         Eric Dempsey

ravenwolf29x36highres.jpg“To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.
Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause
within our own heartbeats,
the silent space that says we live only by grace.
Wilderness lives by this same grace.”   

Terry Tempest Williams

“The wolf is neither man’s competitor
nor his enemy.
He is a fellow creature with whom
the earth must be shared.
David Mech

“We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is,
but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be…
the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer, which is, in reality
no more than a reflected image of ourself.” 
         Farley Mowat


“Wolves are not our brothers;
they are not our subordinates, either.

They are another nation,
caught up just like us
in the complex web of time and life.”
                 Henry Beston


      “In our greed we are so vain  –  We cause the world endless pain
         Sing to us your sacred song   – Teach us how to right our wrong.”

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“Two Wolves” by Hannah Shook

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