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Erin Hanson Face Masks

Featured in Carmel Pine Cone

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Artist Turns Paintings into Face Masks
Reprinted from Carmel Pine Cone 

Offering a new twist on functional art, a painter who recently opened a gallery downtown just unveiled a series of face masks adorned with colorful local scenes.

"We sold 300 masks the first day we released them and they have been selling steadily ever since," said Erin Hanson, who opened a gallery in November on San Carlos between Fifth and Sixth.

Selling for $15 each on her website, the masks, at least for now, are being given away to those who visit the gallery.

The masks not only show off Hanson's striking paintings but offer at least one line of defense against the spread of coronavirus. "Our collectors and fans love being able to wear something aesthetic that shows off their love of color and nature, while still protecting themselves when they go outside," the painter and gallery owner told The Pine Cone.

Hanson started producing the masks a few weeks ago. So far she's made them with 30 different designs, including ones that showcase the beauty of Big Sur and Carmel.

"I license my work through Fine Art America, and they started offering artwork-printed face mask through their website," she explained. "I immediately jumped on the idea and selected a few dozen paintings that I thought would work well as masks." 

You can add beauty to your mask-wearing experience by purchasing your own Erin Hanson mask. Click here to shop!


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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