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Desert in Color is Awarded Best in Show

Cowgirl Up! Recognizes Erin Hanson’s Work

Monday, August 26, 2019

Erin Hanson was proud to participate in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Cowgirl Up! 2019 exhibition. Every year, this museum shines a light on the many incredible female artists working in the American West. 

This year, Erin exhibited alongside over fifty fellow women artists who shared their work in a variety of mediums. She presented three works in this exhibit: 

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Dusky Light

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Balanced Rock

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Desert in Color

Each landscape painting shares a vision of the American West in different lights and locations. The color, composition, and texture are created with Hanson’s signature open impressionist style, using precise brushstrokes and thick oil paint. 

Of the three paintings, Desert in Color was chosen by the judges at Cowgirl Up! for special recognition. This piece was awarded “Best in Show” for the intriguing use of continuous, flowing brushstrokes, layered and textured paint, and the vibrantly colored clouds. 

All three paintings were displayed at the Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Exhibition and Sale from March 29th through May 12th, 2019. They have now returned to our gallery or to the respective collectors. 

All remaining pieces that have not been acquired are currently on display at The Erin Hanson Gallery here in San Diego, CA. We hope you will have a chance to view these paintings in person. Click here to make an appointment – or join us during our walk-in hours: Weds-Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM.


ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms, and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other havens of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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