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Monday, September 14, 2020

A Commissioned Artwork Story

I sometimes get asked if I ever do commissioned work. I do love to create unique paintings that capture a specific memory or location.  It is fun to work with photographs my collectors have taken and try to re-capture the magic from that moment in time.

Recently I finished a commission of Mt. Fuji, Japan.  The collector came to me with a sweet and inspiring story: the painting would be a gift for his wife for their 50th wedding anniversary. Many years earlier they had spent a memorable vacation on Lake Kawachugi, across from Mt. Fuji. After they arrived, they waited all day to see the famous mountain, but the thick fog prevented them from seeing across the lake. Finally, early the next morning, the fog cleared and the sun rose across a bright, crisp vista. The husband woke up his wife, and she came out onto the balcony wrapped in a sheet. Together they watched the sun rise over the distant volcano. It was a spiritual moment they never forgot.

My job as the artist was to re-capture the magic. You can see the painting I created above. Here are more behind-the-scenes photos as the husband prepared to present his wife with the painting, on the anniversary trip he planned, to Mt. Fuji itself!  I think he wins the prize for Husband of the Year.

"It was such an incredible moment!  
She had no idea, and was completely overwhelmed 

with the beauty of your painting, Erin! 
"It was so amazing to watch the hues of the painting change
as the afternoon light faded into the evening and night.  

Erin, you really captured that moment perfectly, 
and we’ll treasure it forever."

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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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