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Erin Hanson | Contemporary Artist Featured in LA Lady Magazine

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Contemporary Impressionist Erin Hanson was featured in LA Lady Magazine in January of 2016.  Here is her interview:


Once you decided you wanted to pursue art, what was the first action step you took?  
I decided I wanted to get back into oil painting when I driving from LA to Las Vegas during a move. My first decision was deciding “what should I paint?”  Luckily it was particularly beautiful driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that day, and I decided without reservation that I would paint landscapes.  Later that week I discovered Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas, and decided that was the most beautiful landscape I had ever seen.  I started rock climbing every week, and so for two years I only painted rocks and sunrises and stunning desert vistas.

What is it about your passion that gets you out of bed in the morning?  
I get very excited at the thought of starting a new painting and making this painting the best I have ever done.  It is always a bit of struggle during the painting processes, as I fight to make the paint and the canvas become more vibrant and more alive than “real life,” but the end product is almost always satisfactory.

If you could have an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world to paint, where would it be? 
I would like to go to southern France, and then meander around to Greece.  I like the idea of painting romantic European landscapes and visiting all the past masters’ sources of inspiration.

LA Lady Magazine  |  Stevie Nelson Photography


ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. 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.

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