Hannah spends half of each year working aboard Expedition Cruise ships and the rest of the year at home in West Yorkshire, where she produces art work in her studio. 


Hannah studied zoology at the University of Liverpool, England, and then began work as a wildlife artist and mural painter at Chester Zoo and then lived and worked in East Africa for a year and a half. In Uganda she illustrated a guide book to Kibale Forest National Park  and did numerous murals. On return to the Uk she gained a Masters in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art in London.


Hannah has worked as a wildlife guide, zodiac driver and expedition leader in remote regions since 1999, visiting the Antarctic peninsula and South Georgia annually in the Austral summer and then heading north to cruise the shoreline of the UK, Norway and the Arctic, swapping penguin sightings for polar bears, and sketching, photographing and learning about the lives of the creatures she sees along the way.

Hannah currently works for the following Expedition Cruise ship companies:

-Polar Latitudes (https://polar-latitudes.com )

Antarctic trips November & December 2020 aboard Hebridean Sky 

-Polar Quest (https://www.polar-quest.com

 Svalbard trips aboard Mv Quest 27 June-6 July & 6-16 July 2020 and Sjøveien 20-30 Aug

- Noble Caledonia (https://www.noble-caledonia.co.uk)

Uk and Scottish Coast aboard Ocean Nova 1-28  2020 (virus permitting)

Hannah Lawson 2018

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