A bit about me... 

Hannah Dorman

I moved to Northern Ireland after 15 years in New Zealand lured by a life near the wild beauty of Strangford Lough.

The ever moving clouds that move colours across the land and sea mean the view is always changing. The Lough brings nature close and provides an escape from everyday life. Boats coming and going evoke a feeling of adventure...and I love an adventure!

Years spent living on and sailing boats in New Zealand, Pacific island of Tonga and Northern Ireland has infused boats into my life forever.

My love of the sea is equalled by my love of trees, woodlands and wild nature places on land. I am drawn to connect more to wild nature and myself as part of it all. 

My art is inspired by my sailing adventures, infact the name Sea Snail came about while living and sailing on our old wooden boat in the Pacific Ocean. The idea that we were carrying our home with us like a snail but on the sea....hence Sea Snail Studio! Other themes that run strong in my work are, mindfulness, connection to nature and the call of the wild.

I like to use colourful patterns, uplifting texts & whimsical images that dance alongside each other, hoping to delight and inspire the viewer.


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To me art is about making connections.

 When someone resonates with my work, it feels like I've shared a thought and realised that I'm not alone in that thought. 

We live in a time when there is much to separate us from the wild natural environment which is our home

 and many distractions taking us further from our true self. 

I feel it is more important than ever to realise

our connectedness to it all

and re-connect.

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I express creatively my appreciation for the beauty in our universe, our planet

and the life on it.

I remember how unlikely it is to have won the lottery to exist,

how amazing our minds and bodies are,

and that we are only here for a tiny moment in the vast history of the cosmos

and what a privilege that is.