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Southwest Art Magazine Article

Nationwide, USA

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Erin Hanson expresses her love of the desert with a thick, bold application of paint that mirrors the stark lines and shapes unique to the Southwest. An accomplished plein air painter, Erin applies elements of plein air technique to her expressionist style. Her art always stands out in a crowd, the bright colors and loose brushstrokes capturing the imagination of her viewers.

"Erin has a lifetime of experience creating art in all mediums, from dramatic comic art to peaceful landscapes. She attained a degree in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley, but meanwhile her successes as an artist led to a total immersion in work as a professional artist. As a seven year old child, she wrote in her school application that she wanted to become “an artist, a scientist, and a dancer.” By age twelve, she was working with a collaboration of other painters creating enormous murals in acrylics. In 2006, she moved to Las Vegas and became a dedicated rock climber at the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Rock climbing is a dance form itself, and Erin considers all three of her childhood dreams achieved.

"The stunning landscape of Red Rock Canyon permanently influenced Erin with its unique colors and rock formations, and rock climbing gave Erin the opportunity to experience new vistas and viewpoints never before captured in paint. She has been painting red rocks and the Southwest desert ever since."

Southwest Art Magazine, September 2011.


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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