Hulan has travelled across most of the U.S., parts of Europe and Africa, accumulating knowledge for what he loves to do best. His faith in the Creator, and his understanding and love of God’s universe influences his creativity. This is where the beautiful and mysterious quality of light and mood flows from.
Hulan was born in Iowa in 1933 of Ministerial parents who moved frequently. In 1940 his family moved from Illinois to Lakeland, Florida. He has many stories of his childhood among the snakes and frogs of the swamp land around his boyhood home. It was during this period of his life that he also became interested in Astronomical endeavors which included Telescope making, figuring mirrors, and everything that goes along with it. This has become a lifetime hobby.
In 1947 the family moved to Washington State. It was here in the Town of Bonney Lake that his parents enrolled him in the “Draw Me Correspondence Course”, which gave him the rudimentary skills he needed for his art.
During the Korean Conflict Hulan was drafted and spent 18 months in Southern France as ‘Company Painter.’
In 1957 he used his GI bill and in 1962 he obtained a B.S. degree in Physics from Seattle Pacific College (University, now). He taught Jr. High Science from 1965-1967. During this time he joined a co-op gallery and began selling his art. The success he had with this led him to believe he could paint full time. The following year was the beginning of his dream. From this time on his energies were more focused because following an art career was no longer just a dream, It was becoming a reality.
TO BE ABLE TO RECORD IN TWO DIMENSIONS WHAT ONE FEELS, SEES, AND EXPERIENCES IN THIS FANTASTIC EXISTENCE WE FIND OURSELVES IN IS A GREAT SATISFACTION. I LOVE THE NOSTALGIC, MYSTICAL EFFECTS OF BACK LIGHT AND FIRST AND LAST LIGHT OF THE DAY. NIGHT SCENES WITH FIRES AND LIGHTS FROM WINDOWS, ALONG WITH DESERT AND SNOW SCENES ARE AMONG MY FAVORITES.
I must thank my wife Jean for her support as my secretary, Mother of our three children, and advisor. We have been able to make a respectable living solely with my paintings and prints.