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Artist Talk: Museum of Big Bend

Inside the Rise of a Modern Master

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

In celebration of the opening of A Feeling of Humanity: The Ken Ratner Collection at The Museum of Big Bend, Erin Hanson gave a lecture and participated in the exhibition's official unveiling on September 16th, 2016. Her piece Canyon de Chelly is a part of this collection of works and has made its way across five art museums over the past two years, including the St. George Art Museum, where she also had a 5-month-long solo exhibition in early 2016. 

Erin's talk covered her key sources of inspiration; she also discussed her rise from discovering the red rock canyons surrounding Las Vegas 10 years ago through to her current status as a forerunner in an impressionistic resurgence.

Heritage Dinner & fall exhibition
 "I lived in Vegas for two years, and during that time I diligently created one painting every week, and those paintings were all paintings of rocks.  Rocks and desertscapes." - Erin Hanson

 Erin spent the better part of four years focusing solely on rocks and red sand, the colors and chunky abstract effects morphing over time into paintings with an almost stained glass effect. Later she veered from the familiar vision of desertscapes into rolling hills and California wine country, and most recently she has delved into painting florals and still lifes.

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About Erin

ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a teenager, she apprenticed at a mural studio where she worked on 40-foot-long paintings while selling art commissions on the side. After being told it was too hard to make a living as an artist, she got her degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. Afterward, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to return to her love of painting and create one new painting every week.

She has stuck to that decision, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history, with over 3,000 oil paintings sold to eager collectors. Erin Hanson’s style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is taught in art schools worldwide. With millions of followers, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of impressionism, inspiring thousands of other artists to pick up the brush.