For those pursuing a life in the arts, retirement is generally not an issue. Successful artists tend to pursue their craft as long as they are physically able, and there are many examples of art careers, like those of Titian or Pablo Casals, that span half a century or more. Eastern Washington Painter Gaylen Hansen is decidedly one of those long-lived artists . Now in his eighties, Hansen has been working and exhibiting since the early 1950s, mostly in the Northwest. His current show at Linda Hodges is as bright, brash, and energetic as ever. Much in evidence is Hansen’s cast of wacky animal characters, his horseback-riding alter ego, the Kernal, and his trademark joie de vivre. Here with our review is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.