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Erin Hanson Face Masks

Featured in Carmel Pine Cone

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Headline from The Carmel Pine Cone

Artist Turns Paintings into Face Masks
Reprinted from
Carmel Pine Cone 

Offering a new twist on functional art, a painter who recently opened a gallery downtown just unveiled a series of face masks adorned with colorful local scenes.

"We sold 300 masks the first day we released them, and they have been selling steadily ever since," said Erin Hanson, who opened a gallery in November on San Carlos between Fifth and Sixth.

Selling for $15 each on her website, the masks, at least for now, are being given away to those who visit the gallery.

The masks not only show off Hanson's striking paintings but offer at least one line of defense against the spread of coronavirus. "Our collectors and fans love being able to wear something aesthetic that shows off their love of color and nature, while still protecting themselves when they go outside," the painter and gallery owner told The Pine Cone.

Hanson started producing the masks a few weeks ago. So far she's made them with 30 different designs, including ones that showcase the beauty of Big Sur and Carmel.

"I license my work through Fine Art America, and they started offering artwork-printed face mask through their website," she explained. "I immediately jumped on the idea and selected a few dozen paintings that I thought would work well as masks." 

You can add beauty to your mask-wearing experience by purchasing your own Erin Hanson mask. Click here to shop!

Linda in an Erin Hanson mask

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.