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Erin Hanson's Painted Parks at the St. George Art Museum

National Park Service's Centennial Celebration in Art

Thursday, January 14, 2016


And this, our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees,
 books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
 “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

William Shakespeare

An Erin Hanson painting on display

"This collection of oil paintings is drawn exclusively from rock climbing,
 hiking, and backpacking trips I have done throughout the Western states.
 I plan several trips every year to explore and re-explore my favorite parks,
 including Joshua Tree, Zion, Bryce, Cedar Breaks, Canyon de Chelly,
 Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, and all the beautiful Parks in between.
 No matter how many times I have been to a park, when I wake up in the campground
 or in a bivy sack in a backcountry camping spot, I feel a complete
 sense of joy and overwhelming awe of my surroundings.
 I get back from each trip with thousands of photos that I use to try to
 re-capture these moments of peace and beauty on the canvas.
Erin Hanson

Erin Hansons works on display

Erin Hanson's Painted Parks
 January 16th - May 28th, 2016
10% of all painting sales will be donated to Zion National Park.

St. George Art Museum
 200 North 47 East
 St. George, Utah 84770

Erin Hanson at the exhibition

"I have always considered landscapes to be the most beautiful thing
 I could paint, from stark mountain peaks to dramatic canyons to sunlight
 glittering through trees. Exploring these landscapes for a few days’
 backpacking or camping trip would be something I would plan for months
 in advance, and as soon as it was over I would
 eagerly begin planning the next escape.
Erin Hanson 

The exhibition

"I have always enjoyed the physical exertion that let me attain amazing
 mountain heights and views that only the most adventurous could achieve."

Erin Hanson

An Erin Hanson painting

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The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016! The Centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks by engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Join the celebration to explore, learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in over 400 national parks.

A close up of an Erin Hanson painting




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.