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Questions Index

1. How long have you been painting?
2. Where did you go to school?
3. What is Erin Hanson's style of painting called?
4. Where can I buy your artwork?
5. What payment methods do you accept?

6. Do you charge sales tax?
7. What is your return policy?
8. Can I commission an oil painting?
9. How should I hang my painting?
10. Can I purchase a painting on layaway?
11. What sort of lighting should I have for my painting?
12. How do I contact the artist?
13. Can I buy prints of your work?

What is a Textured 3D Replica?

Legal FAQ

1. Privacy
2. Fraud Protection and Compliance with Law
3. Service Providers
4. Security and Legal
5. Cookies, IP Addresses, Pixel Tags and Tracking Technology

Questions for Erin Hanson 

Q: How long have you been painting?

Erin Hanson has been painting since she was a young girl.  By age 7, she was painting in watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink.  At age 8 she started studying oils at her school, and at age 10 her father hand crafted her a pine easel, which she still uses to this day. Always wanting to grow up to be an artist, Erin was very diligent in her studies of painting techniques.  Growing up in a family of musicians, it was second nature for her to understand that "practice makes perfect." When she was a young teenager, she worked for a few years at a mural company, painting giant 40-foot murals in acrylics.  Of course her style has taken a while to evolve, and it wasn't until 2008 that her painting style consolidated into the loose, colorist, open-impressionist style that it is today.


Q: Where did you go to school?

Erin Hanson graduated from Delphi Academy in Los Angeles, with a semester scholarship to Otis College of Art and Design.  Hanson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Bioengineering.


Q: What is Erin Hanson's style of painting called?

Hanson's style of painting is the result of over 20 years of painting and experimenting with the medium of oils. Her style has developed through a concatenation of studies and passions, starting with a love of trees and plein-air paintings, working as an acrylic muralist, moving through Japanese painting and comic art, and finally landing on painting rocks (while rock climbing them in Red Rock Canyon for two years.)  The chunky, abstracted style that emerged from painting rocks has had the most direct effect on her present-day pieces.

Erin Hanson's style could be called contemporary impressionism, with a hint of abstract expressionism, and a dash of plein-air style.  Hanson describes her work as "Open-Impressionism," implying that the traditional boundaries of impressionism are being pushed into a new style altogether, and also conveying the sense of capturing wide-open space on her canvases.  Erin likes to paint with lots of heavy impasto brush-work, using the texture of the paint to communicate form and movement, instead of relying only on color and shape to tell a story.  She paints wet-on-wet with fast, bold strokes, without layering or over-working the paint once it has been placed on the canvas. This creates a wonderful spontaneous feel to her paintings.  Her vivid underpaintings create a glow and gleam to her paintings that catch the eye immediately.  Erin Hanson believes that art should be pushing traditional boundaries into something new and exciting, the artists themselves constantly experimenting with new techniques and new ways to capture that elusive beauty called "nature."  An artist should never become comfortable and predictable in his or her style, but always be fighting to improve.  Therefore Open-Impressionism should be a growing field of new artists pushing the boundaries of taught technique and didacticism.


Q: Where can I buy your artwork?

There are several ways you can purchase artwork by Erin Hanson.  This website will allow you to purchase original oil paintings and prints using a debit or credit card online securely through Paypal. 

A great way to meet the artist in person is to visit her booth at one of the many art shows she attends.  You may also make an appointment to visit The Erin Hanson Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA or McMinnville, OR.  This is the best way to see her newest work (still drying on their racks) before anyone else!  Erin Hanson also participates in solo exhibitions, pop-up galleries, and studio shows.  

You can purchase made-to-order prints of Erin Hanson artwork through this website. These canvas prints are the finest reproductions of Hanson's work available, printed with the highest quality archival inks and papers, all personally selected by the artist.  


Q: What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all forms of credit and debit cards, as well as checks.  Credit cards are processed through Square Payments or Paypal.  You may call us with a credit card number (all credit cards are accepted), or we can email you an invoice with a link to pay securely online. The phone number to reach The Erin Hanson Gallery is 503-334-3670.


Q: Do you charge sales tax?

We charge local Carmel sales tax rates to all goods purchased through The Erin Hanson Gallery that are shipping to California. Items purchased in other states at an art fair or gallery event will be charged the local sales tax rate for that city.  If you purchase a painting that will be shipped to another state or out of the country, you will not be charged local sales tax.  For example, if you purchase a painting online that is shipping to Arizona, you would not be charged California sales tax.  If you intend to resell the painting, as an interior decorator for example, you would just need to provide your reseller's certificate form to be exempt from sales tax.     


Q: What is your return policy?

Return policy for original oil paintings: We guarantee that you will love your Erin Hanson original painting! If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return the painting in its original condition within 30 days of receipt and we will gladly provide a refund, replacement, or an exchange.

Return policy for prints: We guarantee you will love the quality of your Erin Hanson print. Every Erin Hanson canvas print and 3D Textured Replica is custom made to order. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return the print in its original condition within 30 days of receipt and we will gladly provide a refund, replacement, or an exchange.

Returns or exchanges can be sent to:
The Erin Hanson Gallery

1805 NE Colvin Court
McMinnville, OR 97128

If your print arrives damaged in any way, please email, and a replacement will be sent to you immediately.


Q: Can I commission an oil painting?

Please contact The Erin Hanson Gallery to inquire about commissions. Erin accepts commissions on projects that interest her.


Q: How should I hang my painting?

Your painting will arrived framed and ready to hang. There will be a hanging wire already fitted to the back of the painting.  The best way to hang your painting is to use two hooks set about 6-12 inches apart (this helps to keep the painting level.)  Home Depots and other hardware stores sell great picture hanging hooks (link here) that are cleverly angled so they can support the weight of a painting on a single nail. 


Q: Can I purchase a painting on layaway?

Absolutely, Erin Hanson has been offering layaway successfully for many years.  The terms are flexible and can be discussed with the gallery. Usually we split the total cost of the painting into 6 or 12 payments, and the first monthly payment would be taken as the holding deposit.  If you fall in love with a painting, Erin would love to work with you to make it easy to purchase! 


Q: What sort of lighting should I have for my painting?

Your painting will look different depending on what lighting you have for it.  Natural ambient light will create a nice feel for your painting during daylight hours, subtly changing as the sun rises and sets during the day.  At night, however, you will be fully reliant on artificial light.  I am sure you have noticed how great paintings look in a gallery setting.  Art galleries will use warm or cool-toned spot lighting to bring out the colors in certain parts of the painting, intensifying the light on the painting's center of attention.  You can imitate this effect in your own home by installing halogen directional spot lighting in the ceiling above your painting. These lights are surprisingly inexpensive to install (an electrician can install them in a few hours), and if you wish you can purchase the fixtures yourself online.  There are many options for low-wattage spot lights and LEDs, as well.  We recommend Soraa LED bulbs, which we have personally tested and use in The Erin Hanson Gallery.

Many houses are already fitted with some sort of recessed ceiling fixtures.  These can be adapted to directional spot lighting with minor handyman work.  Even without direct lighting on your painting, however, the artwork will still look great with nearby incandescent lighting.  The one thing you want to avoid is hanging your painting behind a hanging chandelier, which will cast a direct glare spot in the middle of the painting, without highlighting the natural colors and texture of the painting.  A light that is angled from above will allow you to experience the thick brushwork, perceive each subtle variation in color, and truly enjoy the painting in a whole new light.


Q: How do I contact the artist?

Please contact Erin Hanson via email,, or phone her gallery at 503-334-3670.  You may also use the contact form on this website.  Unless Erin is backpacking in Zion or rock climbing in Maple Canyon, she will get back to you the same day.


Q: Can I buy prints of your work?

You can purchase canvas prints of Erin Hanson's works on this website here.  Erin also sells signed 16x20 prints at her art festivals and limited edition prints at The Erin Hanson Gallery.

Q: What are Textured 3D Replicas? 

Erin Hanson’s new 3D Textured Replicas are the most realistic reproduction of her original oil paintings available. Erin Hanson is the first artist to pioneer and launch state-of-the-art reproductions using German and Swiss 3D mapping and printing science.

Exactly how are Erin's 3D Textured Replicas created?

The Erin Hanson Gallery recently purchased a large-format Cruse scanner that was custom-made for us in Germany. This huge machine takes up an entire room, and it scans paintings face-up, so nothing ever touches the surface of the painting. The scanner creates a detailed 3-D model of the painting using repetitive scans and 5 different angles of light.

The scanner software then creates a 3-dimensional, topographical map of the painting. Next, this 3D model is sliced into very thin layers, only 0.15 mm thick, which are printed using UV-cured ink that slowly builds up texture, micro-layer by micro-layer. After 8 to 10 or more layers, the texture of the print accurately matches the texture of the original oil painting.

There are only two printers in the world who are on the cutting-edge of 3D print technology in the field of fine art reproduction: Canon and SwissQ. Both printers use 7 colors of ink (CMYK plus 3 additional colors) for incredible color reproduction. This ink can be built up layer-by-layer, because each layer is instantly cured to a hard finish using UV light. Many layers applied in this way can create textures up to 2 cm tall. Even the texture of the canvas is captured and reproduced in these replicas!

Cruse's business manager Martin Paffrath commented, "While the whole world is talking about the possibilities that the latest technology offers, there is one artist who is already doing it. When we first had contact with Erin Hanson in March of this year, none of us would have thought that she would become a pioneer in printing 3D art reproduction in this short time. We are very proud our Scanner is a part of the workflow used to make such realistic reproductions of her amazing paintings."

How is the texture created?

Unlike other "3D prints" that are on the market right now (which spray clear texture over the print, creating a computerized embellishment over the color layer), Erin Hanson's 3D Textured Replicas have the color printed on top of the texture layer. In other words, the texture layers are built up until there is a white 3D model of the painting. Then, the final layer of full-color ink is applied, which sits on top of the 3D model. A final layer of spot-gloss is added strategically to parts of the finished print, making it look more like an original oil painting.

How is the color created?

The new Erin Hanson scans capture her original paintings in 48-bit color. For comparison, Photoshop usually processes images in 8-bit color from a Canon 5D digital camera - so the scanner captures 6 times more color information than a regular high-end camera.

The new, state-of-the-art printers we are using are able to print a much wider color gamut than standard CMYK inkjet printers, because they use an additional 3 colors that allow the printers to reproduce vibrant purples, oranges, and reds.
Here is a comparison of the new scanner images we are capturing (left) vs. the high-res images we were getting before using a Canon 5D 50-megapixel camera (right), which was Canon's highest resolution SLR camera purchased a year ago.

Will these prints be limited editions?

Yes, every 3D Textured Replica is created as a limited edition print. We are limiting the number of 3D prints produced from any given painting to an edition of 100. Each print will be signed and numbered in gold enamel, and you will get an accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.

Which Erin Hanson paintings will be made available as 3D Textured Replicas?

You can see the currently available pieces here. We are only able to offer 3D Textured Replicas for paintings that we have been able to scan. In the future, most of Erin's new paintings will be made available as limited edition 3D replicas.

What sizes are being offered?

Each 3D Textured Replica is offered in the exact dimensions of the original oil painting. We may offer additional sizes as well, depending on the painting.

What frames do you offer for 3D Textured Replicas?

Our 3D Textured Replicas are printed onto 1-1/2" stretched canvas. Erin recommends framing these pieces in her custom-made "EH Frames," which are the same frames she uses for her original oil paintings. The EH Frame has a 23kt antiqued gold top and dark brown sides with a pebbled texture. We also offer contemporary white or black floater frames.

How much do 3D Textured Replicas cost?

The price for these limited edition 3D Textured Replicas ranges from $800 to $5,000 for most sizes. For example, a 12x16 petite painting replica is currently valued at $1,200. A 30x40 replica is valued at $2,900, and a 36x60 replica is valued at $5,000.

As with any limited edition prints, we expect their value to increase over time. These are truly one-of-kind prints that will last for generations and appreciate in value.

How do these 3D Textured Replicas compare to the canvas prints?

Erin is using the same scanner to create a whole new level of quality for her 2D canvas prints. Here is an example of a canvas print that is only printed in 2-dimensions, but as you can see there is a beautiful illusion of texture:

The most common thing we hear when people see Erin's flat canvas prints in person is "Wow - I thought it was a real painting!"

The new 3D Textured Replicas will have the same color that you are seeing in the 2D canvas prints, but they will be printed onto a 3D model of the painting.

How do the 3D prints compare to original oil paintings?

From a few feet away, Erin's 3D Textured Replicas look almost identical to the original oil painting. With your face up close, you can see the brush strokes aren't as sharp as the real thing, and you can see some of the pixilation of the ink. The original has the genuine painted Erin Hanson signature, while the print has a shiny gold enamel signature and the limited edition number in one corner.

Looking at a print and a painting side by side, the original oil painting glows with internal luminosity and changes constantly depending on the angle and the lighting it is viewed in; the print looks more like an acrylic painting.

An original oil painting is truly a one-of-a-kind creation that has a physical and spiritual connection to the artist. The 3D Textured Replicas cannot capture this essence of an original oil painting, although it is undeniably the closest reproduction that modern technology can offer.

What is the future of 3D printing?

As 3D printing technology continues to advance over the coming years, there may come a time when it becomes impossible to differentiate between a print and an original. There are rumors of a company who has managed to make a 3D replica of a van Gogh painting that has the museum curators stumped when trying to determine which is the print and which is the original.

In looking forward to the future, decades from now, with the possibility of black-market copies that can be passed off as original oil paintings, Erin Hanson is now embedding a tiny RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification) behind the signature of every original oil painting. Collectors will be able to bring their painting in to The Erin Hanson Gallery to have their painting scanned and validated as an original Erin Hanson painting.

Will 3D printing affect the value of original oil paintings?

As more and more art lovers purchase 2D canvas prints and 3D textured prints of Erin's work, the original oil paintings will continue to increase in value. Already the price of Erin Hanson's originals have increased exponentially over the past 15 years, and the value of her original oil paintings will continue to increase as more and more fans of impressionism discover Erin's work.

If you are a collector of original artwork yourself, you know the value of original paintings. Making high-quality reproductions widely available to art lovers who cannot afford original paintings will only increase the world's appreciation of fine art, increase the demand for impressionism, and thereby increase the value of Erin Hanson original oil paintings.

Take the example of "Starry Night" by van Gogh. Which do you think would sell for more at auction, "Starry Night" or the lesser known but still beautiful "View of Arles with Orchards"? Indeed, since millions of prints have been sold of "Starry Night" (not to mention countless umbrellas, cell phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains, and journal covers), "Starry Night" has become one of the most recognizable paintings in existence, and its value is currently estimated at over 100 million dollars.

Selling prints of an original increases is notoriety and therefore its value. The more people who own a reproduction of a painting, such as Erin's work "The Path," the rarer the original becomes, and the desire and the demand for the original increases radically.


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