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Southwest Art Magazine Names Erin a 2013 "Artist to Watch"

Erin Hanson: Mosaics in the Landscape

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A news clipping featuring Erin Hanson

"ERIN HANSON calls her style of painting 'open impressionism' and explains that it encompasses wide brush strokes and an all primatechnique. 'Open impressionistic painting is blind to the rules of traditional impressionism, taking a more colorist, 'open' approach, with the artist attempting to soak in the basic abstract shapes of the landscape on a more primal level,' Hanson says.

"Although the California-based painter was interested in art at an early age, she didn't consider it a career when it came time for college. She took a few art classes at the University of California, Berkeley, but majored in bio-engineering. Hanson says that although she enjoyed her courses in subjects such as microbiology, the actual work in the field seemed boring and mundane. After graduation she started her own business, which eventually blossomed into a successful, lucrative venture. Meanwhile Hanson also become an avid rock climber, and this hobby ultimately led her back to her childhood passion for painting. 'When I climbed, I saw vistas in the desert, and I just knew that I could paint those landscapes for decades to come,' she says.

"At the time she was living on the edge of Las Vegas, NV, and climbing regularly in Red Rock Canyon. Today Hanson lives in the Los Angeles area, paints full time, and heads to the Mojave Desert for climbing expeditions whenever she gets the chance. Rocks continue to serve as a major source of inspiration in her work, often translating into simple, abstracted shapes that form a mosaic of colors on her canvases. 'I am lucky enough to go into terrains that lots of people can never go into,' she says, 'I want them to be transported to these landscapes and experience their beauty through my paintings."

Article by Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest Art Magazine; March 2013.

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.