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Building Your Art Collection: Reproductions vs. Originals

Maneuvering the Art World

Friday, July 1, 2016

There are many people in this world who are fortunate enough to fill their home with original art. Some art lovers end up hanging prints as well as original paintings, typically when a piece is either outside of their budget or unavailable for purchase. If you have had to settle for a print, you know what I am talking about when I say you can tell the difference between an original painting and a print. Why is this?

 An original oil painting captures light in a way that is impossible for ink printed on any medium to capture. As light moves across a room, the paint strokes change in character and depth, bringing new life to the piece. This is because an oil painting is truly three-dimensional art. Though it is the representation of something in two-dimensions, the paint itself has texture, adding height and motion to the painting and interacting with light in ways a flat surface never can.

Erin Hanson painting Carmel Light
Carmel Light by Erin Hanson

 Another aspect to original oil paintings is longevity. The pigments in oil paintings are colorfast, which may not be the case with prints. A print will eventually fade while an original painting will stay vibrant and often increase in value as time goes on.

When budget is a consideration, however, prints are a wonderful option for many budding art lovers. One way to capture the feel of a painting while keeping to a lower budget is to purchase a print that is on canvas. This can make the print look like a painting from a short distance away – though it will not be able to capture the light and depth as the original painting would.

Erin Hanson painting Viridian Rays
Viridian Rays by Erin Hanson (SOLD)

 The pride in building your original artwork collection is a matter of the heart, and in many cases of pride. After all, you are the sole custodian and there is only one piece like it in the world. You are the only person to enjoy the beauty of those exact brush strokes, that exact glimmering light and each twisted branch. Many collectors feeling a growing connection and appreciation for each of their pieces, this value running deeper than any monetary investment or value. 

To view all of Erin Hanson’s original works, be sure to enjoy her portfolio right here on We also must tease that you will also soon be able to purchase high quality reproductions on an artist-select canvas, with preferred framing options directly through the website. 






Erin Hanson ArtistERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. 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.

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