Have brush, will travel
Back in the 1970s, Derk Hansen got into making battle swords, shields and weaponry dating back to the 1500s.
Then he began doing some design work for a company in Mendota that also imported oil paintings from Europe.
The paintings wouldn’t always arrive in perfect shape, however, and that’s where Hansen came in, fixing and touching them up.
Not long after that Hansen got into painting himself. He did everything from landscapes and wildlife to floral and street scenes.