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The California Super Bloom

California Impressionist Captures the Natural Phenomena

Friday, October 6, 2017

California experienced a severe drought for several years which finally broke in the winter of 2017 when torrents of rain fell from the sky and turned California the most vivid shade of green we had seen in years. The wildflowers seeds had been waiting latent in the desert floor for several years, multiplying with each year of the drought. When the heavy rains finally arrived, the deserts erupted in a natural phenomena known as the "Super Bloom". Almost overnight the California desert and hills started turning orange, yellow and purple with a Super Bloom of flowers far more abundant than the typical spring bloom. So vibrant and widespread, it was even visible from space.

An Erin Hanson super bloom paintingAs soon as the flowers sprang from the soil, flocks of visitors from around the world decended upon Borrego Springs, Antelope Valley, and other Super Bloom hotspots, anxious to see the bloom before the buds wilted away and summer rolled in. California poppies enveloped Antelope Valley, purple and yellow wildflowers speckled the floor of Anza-Borrego, and Parish's poppy and lupine covered Joshua Tree National Park. The phenomena was most popular amongst the Southern California desert landscapes, but yellow and purple hues even rolled through the likes of the Carrizo Plain National Monument and excessive color was also found as far as Texas and Washington State.

Erin Hanson went out to experience this phenomenon for herself, visiting the Borrego Springs desert and exploring as far as Arizona and Texas to capture the transient florals. Inspired by her explorations, Erin started a series of wildflower paintings that became known as "The Super Bloom Show." The final collection of 15 paintings was revealed at The Erin Hanson Gallery's artist reception in September 2017.  

View the Collection: The Super Bloom Show
 Fine Art Prints: 2017 Super Bloom by Erin Hanson 


An Erin Hanson super bloom painting 2

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Erin Hanson super bloom painting 4

View Erin's collection of Super Bloom Paintings here.

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.