The Artist's Background

Artist and teacher Hannah Flynn of Mermaid's Heart Studio


Hannah has been looking at the world in wide-eyed wonder as long as she can remember.  Ever since she first held a crayon, she’s been making marks to capture that wonder on paper. She grew up living aboard a sailboat along the California coast. Her earliest memories are of watching sea life dancing in the green underwater currents beneath the pilings and docks. That's where she  developed a mermaid's heart-an abiding devotion for all things wild and untamed.

As Hannah explored parks, forests and botanical gardens, she fell in love with sunlit flowers and the sounds of bird song on the breeze. Her desire to develop her painting and photography skills led to a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, and several years of additional training in art and design. Hannah now lives on the Florida Gulf Coast and walks the beaches looking for small wonders.

Lessons And Workshops

Designing an art journal page.

  • Hannah teaches Continuing Education art classes at NWF State College. She also offers private art lessons and workshops in painting and drawing, making altered books, art journaling, and art and spirituality. 

  • Commissions are welcome. 

  • Hannah also offers a line of customized musical instrument cases. Her cases featuring local wildlife are offered for sale at Blues Angels Music, (Suite 128, Eastern Shore Center) in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Her Mediums And Inspiration

Osprey in Flight.


Hannah works primarily in acrylics and watercolors. She combines painting, collage and photography in her mixed media pieces. 

Hannah’s love for the natural world continues to inspire her painting and photography. Her images invite you to focus on beauty of the present moment. By capturing glimpses of the unseen and overlooked, she encourages you to discover your own quiet moments of joy .