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Open Impressionism is a style of painting developed by American artist Erin Hanson, which is now being taught in art schools and colleges around the world. Inspired by classic impressionism, pointillism, and post-impressionism, Erin Hanson continues the tradition of impressionism into the modern day.
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Welcome to the World of
Open Impressionism is a style of painting developed by American artist Erin Hanson, which is now being taught in art schools and colleges around the world. Inspired by classic impressionism, pointillism, and post-impressionism, Erin Hanson continues the tradition of impressionism into the modern day.
Browse the complete collections of paintings & prints below:
Erin Hanson has millions of fan followers online and thousands of collectors who span the globe. Through the arc of her prolific and ongoing career, certain paintings have been exalted through the feedback and reviews of art lovers and have become "Customer Favorites." You can browse the collection of favorites here.
Erin Hanson's petite paintings are the ultimate collectibles. These petite works are sized under 20" and they capture natural beauty with expressive brush strokes and vivid hues of paint. Each small oil painting is painted on linen board and framed in a plein air frame, ready to hang.
This collection of Open Impressionism Classics has been hand-picked by Erin Hanson as representing some of her most iconic works that best represent her Open Impressionism style and its evolutions over the years. We hope you enjoy the collection.
Erin Hanson began painting in her iconic Open Impressionism style when she began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon. Through the process of painting the rocks she was climbing, with their flat planes and shapes, sharply defined cracks, and bright sandstone colors, Erin developed her techniques of Open Impressionism. This collection of early works shows some examples of her first foray into Open Impressionism.
Browse Erin Hanson originals being sold on consignment through The Erin Hanson Gallery.
Whether crimson, vermilion, cardinal or scarlet, red has a long and rich history in art. Van Gogh famously employed red lead in many of his pieces and later Matisse convinced his friend Renoir to use cadmium red, which the Impressionist first resisted, but was ultimately enchanted with. The raw and vibrant energy of red, and its effect upon viewers, is known well to Erin Hanson who does not shy away from its bold application and emotional impact.
It wasn't until the Renaissance that artists began to consider the color pink in their palettes. By the 18th Century, the color pink was popularized by the interior design and fashion industries. In the late 19th century, Impressionist painters sometimes worked with pastel color palettes depicting women wearing the color pink, as in Edgar Degas' image of ballet dancers or Mary Cassat's images of women and children. Erin Hanson employs the color pink where it occurs naturally, such as in evening skies, red rock landscapes, or wildflower petals.
Van Gogh and Toulouse-Latrec favored the color orange in many of their paintings. This dynamic and flamboyant color brings warmth to any space and has an ancient history. Well before the color was known as "orange," it had been called "saffron" and was highly symbolic in spirituality. Erin Hanson couples orange with other complementary colors for its warmth, energy, and emotional impact. There is a beautiful vibration between orange and blue, for example, as captured by Maxfield Parrish. Erin Hanson uses oranges in her paintings of autumn vineyards, Japanese maple trees, red rock desert, and oak trees.
Yellow has an exceptional presence in nature whether one is beholding the rising or setting of the sun, sunflowers popping with color, or the subtle changes of light upon water lilies, as captured by Monet. Yellow is a happy color. A vase of yellow blooms will brighten any room, and a painting lasts longer than cut flowers! You will find many paintings of Erin's sunflowers in this category.
The Impressionists were well known for their use of complementary colors to bring depth to an object and create shadows in their paintings. This technique of placing complementary colored brush strokes side-by-side would imbue life to an object. They sought to capture not only the essence of what they were looking at but the general mood and atmosphere as well. Green, whether used to complement other colors or as the primary focus in a verdant landscape, is a principal hue in many of the works of Erin Hanson. Green can be used as a backdrop to make other colors pop -- like a brilliant sky peeking between branches or rows of cadmium yellow autumn vines interspersed with apple-green grass.
Reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea or a soothing tropical paradise, the turquoise mineral was mined by many ancient civilizations from the Egyptians to the Aztecs. The color, found as well in peacock feathers, certain butterflies, and exotic fish, was certain to find its way onto the palettes of artists throughout the ages. Erin Hanson employs this calm and soothing color to capture the grandeur of big skies or big waters in locations such as Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Seventeen Mile Drive, Torrey Pines, Lake Tahoe, and Borrego Springs, to name a few.
The first permanent blue pigment was created by the Egyptians in 2200 BC using the precious stone lapis lazuli. Due to its scarcity, they ultimately turned to chemistry and created pigment by heating limestone, sand, and copper. Blue continued in the tradition of art through the impressionists and post-impressionists, like in Vincent van Gogh's classic Starry Night. From soothing, cool blue to high-energy, electric blues, Erin Hanson utilizes the color in a myriad of backdrops, and subjects and often as a contrast to vibrant yellows and blazing oranges.
Purple has long been associated with royalty. "Tyrian purple" pigment came from a rare form of sea snail and became worth its weight in gold. It took two hundred and fifty thousand mollusks to create one ounce of the pigment. As ages passed, new ways were found to create the brilliant color and it eventually became more common and widely available. It was Gustav Klimt who famously layered purples and lavenders with 24kt gold leaf in his classic works. Erin Hanson has employed purples with complementary greens or earth tones to create many bold and stunning works.
Are you looking for an oil painting with neutral colors? Neutral colors in an oil painting include natural browns and peaches, ivory and beige, light pink, and pale green. Desert landscapes lend themselves well to a neutral palette, but coastal landscapes and rolling vineyards can also be captured in neutral tones. A true master of color, Hanson has created many pieces that could be considered "neutral."
Discover the beauty of the California desert through the eyes of Erin Hanson. Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert have been lifelong inspirations for Erin. She grew up among the Joshua Trees and sandy desert of southern California's high desert and later became an avid rock climber. Watching endless sunrises and sunsets over the stark, mountainous landscape gave the artist an appreciation for the depths of color that can be found in the desert, and her desert paintings often have surprising pops of purple, blue, and orange. She also loves painting the wildflower super blooms that appear in desert landscapes like Borrego Springs and Death Valley. You don't have to wait for a super bloom to see the desert ocotillo in bloom -- their bird-like red blooms have captured Erin's imagination for decades. You will also see many iconic, desert palm tree paintings in this collection.
Discover Erin Hanson's coastal painting collection, and dive into the deep waters of her swirling, vibrant colors. Many of Erin's pieces were inspired by California's diverse and colorful coastline from San Diego to the Monterey Peninsula and continuing up Highway 1 to Mendocino. She has also been inspired by the coastlines of the northwest, and also the rocky coast of Acadia National Park. Erin Hanson uses thick brush strokes and impressionistic movement of the paint to capture the swirling layers of foam and crashing waves. Her coastal works often include wind-sculpted cypress trees, rocky cliffsides, coastal wildflowers, and sunset skies.
Clouds and sunsets are some of the most majestic subjects sought by landscape artists since time immemorial. Dancing rays of light breaking through gray and white cotton in an explosion of vibrant color across the sky and earth is just one of the possibilities. Sunsets over a sparkling ocean, monsoon clouds over Monument Valley, dramatic skyscapes above a line of trees... Hanson creates sunset paintings with prolific homage to the gifts of Nature.
The Monterey cypress tree grows along the rocky coastline of central California, including Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach's Seventeen Mile Drive, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The twisted, abstract shapes of cypress trees also appear in Hanson's paintings of Mendocino and the Oregon coastline. Their strong, ancient forms make a perfect compositional focal point for Hanson's colorful coastal paintings.
A super bloom is a rare botanical phenomenon occurring when an unusually large number of dormant seeds all bloom in the desert at once. This only occurs about once every ten years or so. The Anza-Borrego Park in California had magnificent blooms in 2017 and 2019 of brittlebush (yellow flowers), desert lily (white), popcorn flowers (white and yellow), lupine (purple), bluebells (deep purple), California poppies (bright orange), and others, resulting in an explosion of color and making history. Hanson is always seeking unusual or powerful color combinations in nature, so of course, she was drawn to paint the super bloom in person.
From Acadia National Park to the alpine regions of New Hampshire, and south along Blue Ridge Parkway to South Carolina, the landscapes of the east coast have inspired many landscape paintings by Erin Hanson. The White Mountains are one of Erin's favorite destinations to paint on the east coast. Trickling streams reflecting autumn color, softly rounded mountains reflecting the light of early dawn, and ever-changing seasons offer an abundant source of color combinations and landscapes to paint.
The first step to any painting is finding inspiration out of doors. Erin Hanson seeks secluded vistas of natural beauty and travels around searching for autumn color in national parks, wine country regions, nature gardens, and scenic drives. She goes leaf peeping across the Colorado Plateau, through the Rockies, all the way to the east coast, and once as far as Kyoto, Japan, to photograph the famous Japanese maples that grow in the numerous parks and temples around Kyoto. Yellow golds, blazing oranges, burning reds, regal purples, and earthy browns are laid down in thick, expressive brush strokes, in Erin's signature Open Impressionism style.
Erin Hanson loves painting wildflowers and cultivated flower fields, and she travels widely to discover colorful blooms to capture with her brush. This painting collection also includes her floral still-life works, specifically, works of sunflowers and irises. You can see influences from Monet and Van Gogh in her floral paintings.
By popular demand and with a nod to Vincent van Gogh, Hanson has ventured into still life paintings, capturing impressions of iconic blooms such as sunflowers and irises. The flowers' bold, delicious colors lend themselves well to Erin's impressionistic style of painting. The oil paint gleams with color and added dimension caused by the thick texture of her brush strokes.
Japanese maples, which symbolize peace, balance, and serenity, have long been a subject of art. The Japanese maple trees in Kyoto, Japan, are breathtaking to behold and every year draw huge crowds that wish to experience the perfect fall foliage. Hanson documented her journey to Japan with a collection of photographs and has since interpreted them through the lens of her imagination, imparting even more beauty and wonder to the subjects.
The great mountains are like giants upon the Earth, lording over time and quietly watching as civilizations come and go. Mammoth, Washington, Shasta, San Jacinto, the Cascades, Half Dome, El Capitan and the Rockies are just a few of the backdrops in many classic Hanson works.
Discover Erin Hanson's national park paintings for sale. Erin Hanson has been exploring and painting America's national parks for twenty years. She uses thick, bold brushstrokes and expressive, impressionistic color to capture the majesty and grandeur of our national parks. This collection of national parks artwork for sale includes paintings of Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Big Bend National Park, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Cedar Breaks, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Zion National Park. This collection also includes national monuments and state parks, such as Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego, and Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Explore Erin Hanson's colorful vistas and see the world through her impressionism-toned eyes.
Discover Erin Hanson's northwest landscapes, inspired by Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. From the rich colors of Willamette Valley wine country to the granite peaks of Glacier National Park, these paintings capture the vibrant beauty of the northwest. There is an impressive diversity in the northwest: within one day you can travel from the high desert landscapes of Smith Rock over the alpine mountain range of the Cascades, down through the rolling hills of Willamette wine country, and finally out to the iconic coastline of Cannon Beach. The northwest is also home to a wealth of flower fields, from Sequim's famous lavender fields to the tulip festival in Woodburn. There are sunflowers, daffodils, and irises galore, and Erin has been eagerly collecting material to paint every spring. Now that Erin herself resides in the northwest, she is daily inspired by the changing seasons, wide-open countryside, big skies, bold color, and beautiful trees.
Shakespeare conveyed heritage and power with the oak tree, and long has it remained a symbol of strength and endurance. Hanson imbues life into every oak she paints upon her canvas, each tree having its own character and unique shape. Overlapping layers of hills is one of Hanson's favorite subject matters to paint, as she creates a sense of atmosphere and distance with ever-changing colors.
In classical antiquity, palms symbolized triumph and victory. Modernly they are often associated with tropical paradise. Gracing the deserts and coastlines of southern California, these climbing wonders were originally brought to America by Spanish Franciscan and Jesuit priest missionaries. Hanson captures these majestic palm trees in all of their iconic glory, seeking out desert palm oases for inspiration, as well coastal palms in Florida and California, and mountain deserts like La Quinta and Palm Springs. The tall, elegant profile of the palm tree allows for unique compositions and viewpoints, dramatic contrasts, and bold lighting effects.
Saguaros are probably the most iconic emblem of the southwest. These majestic cacti thrive in Mexico and the southwestern United States, reaching mighty heights of up to 60 feet. Their abstract shapes and strong compositional element make them indispensable to the western landscape painter. The iconic saguaros have been classically included in works of American Impressionism and Western art by artists such as Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Erin Hanson.
Erin Hanson's impressionistic snow paintings are inspired by American landscapes and national parks such as Zion, Bryce, and the Sierra Nevadas. The play of light and shadow across these snowy landscapes is captured in Hanson's signature technique of placing brush strokes side-by-side without layering, which gives a stained glass appearance to her oil paintings.
The southwest was Erin Hanson's first love; she began painting in her Open Impressionism style when rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon and living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her Southwest Collection includes vivid orange rock formations and purple shadows inspired by Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. She has spent many years exploring the national parks and monuments across Arizona and the Colorado Plateau, including Sedona, Saguaro National Park, Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Bryce, and Zion (to name a few!)
Erin Hanson discovered her love for painting sunflowers a few years ago, and since then she has created a variety of colorful, impressionist works inspired by the vivacious bloom. Bold yellows and oranges are a beautiful contrast to big green leaves, cloth drapery, or a big blue sky. First made widely popular by post-impressionist van Gogh, Hanson has created her own impressionist take on these vivid blooms.
Texas is home to beautiful and diverse landscapes, from the isolated desert of Big Bend National Park to the soft rolling hills and green oak trees in Hill Country. Texas is also famous for its abundant wildflowers that bloom in a rainbow of inspiring hues every spring. Erin first discovered the wildflower blooms of Texas when she started doing art shows in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Nowhere else will you see the variety and abundance of wildflower color as you will see in Texas, and Erin paints these blooms with enthusiastic abandon.
There is nothing like sipping wine surrounded by the very land where the grapes were grown, harvested, and processed. Often nestled among the foothills of a coastal mountain range, grape-growing territory happens to be one of the most idyllic landscapes in existence (in this artist's opinion) -- and Erin delights in painting the perfectly rounded, rolling hills contoured with rows of vineyards and dotted with ancient oak trees that stretch their wide branches out and provide perfect shady spots. Hanson long ago discovered the warmth of heart in these settings and began to paint them prolifically for her collectors to enjoy. She has painted vineyards in Paso Robles, Napa, Sonoma, Virginia, and Oregon.
Many of us have beheld at least one of the two hundred and fifty paintings of water lilies by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The impressions captured in his home garden throughout the last thirty years of his life are remarkable and classic. Erin Hanson has also found inspiration in this unique flower that rests peacefully in quiet ponds. The shifting reflections in the water create endless patterns and rhythms of color around the floating lily pads.
Inspired by wine-growing regions across the United States, Erin Hanson has painted hundreds of wine country paintings capturing rolling hills, vineyards, and shady oak trees from viticultural regions such as Paso Robles, Napa Valley, and Oregon's Willamette Valley (where she now resides.) She is drawn to the regular patterns and contrasts of vineyard rows, which accentuate the rolling hills and curves in the landscape. Erin also loves to paint the rolling foothills and coastal ranges, the winding country roads that weave through the hillsides, and the ancient oak trees that are so prevalent in wine country.
Blue Ridge Parkway is the most highly traveled highway in America. In South Carolina, the Parkway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are famous worldwide for their fall color. The dramatic autumn hues of gold, yellow, and red are a landscape painter's dream.
Borrego Springs is a desert oasis bordered by the San Ysidro Mountains and surrounded by Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It has been made famous for its unusual wildflower "super blooms" that occur a few times every decade. Borrego's vibrant desert beauty has inspired artists to portray a variety of works, from depictions of flora and fauna to the fantastical. Western artists like Ricardo Breceda, Edith A. Purer, and Erin Hanson have all felt the pull of the desert at Borrego. The striking mountain ranges, shaggy desert palms, and stately ocotillos have inspired incredible works, from imaginative sculptures to impressionist paintings.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most "paintable" spots in Monterey, California. The town began as an artist colony, with over half the homes built by men and women making their living as an artist. This area was portrayed by many in the California plein air movement, including William Keith, Marion Wachtel, Paul Dougherty, and Sam Hyde Harris. Now, in a celebration of the ever-changing Northern California seaside landscape, impressionist painter Erin Hanson has created vibrant oil paintings of the iconic coastal scapes and hidden vistas. These paintings include depictions of the famous Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach, found along Monterey's Highway One. Hanson's open impressionist work also provides oil on canvas views of Carmel vineyards, cypress-studded outcroppings, and the coastal flowers found throughout Carmel and Monterey.
There are two seasons during which Kyoto, Japan, is irresistible to landscape artists: during the cherry blossom festival and during the fall color explosion. The entire city is covered in pink and white when the cherry blossoms spring into being. Petals and blossoms float through the air and blanket the ground in scented abundance. This remarkable sight is fleeting but spectacular. The same can be said of autumn in Kyoto. The city and surrounding countryside are filled with maple, metasequoia, Ginko, and gum trees. Every tree is a kaleidoscope of color, adding its particular beauty to a patchwork landscape. Because of the mild autumn weather that turns gently and gradually colder until winter arrives, the maple trees retain their leaves much longer than we're used to seeing in the U.S., and therefore the maple colors are more widely variated and more richly colored. Often you will see a Japanese maple tree with leaves that range all the way from deep purple, through brilliant red, cadmium orange, sunshine yellow, and all the way to apple green. Many artists throughout the centuries have depicted these natural displays, and each year brings a fresh perspective. Erin Hanson visited Kyoto and has since painted dozens of landscapes capturing the natural beauty of these trees.
Lake Tahoe straddles state lines between California and Nevada and is bordered by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Surrounded by mighty pines, the clear turquoise blue of this lake is both a tourist destination and a natural wonder. Famously, Mark Twain called Lake Tahoe "the fairest picture the whole earth affords." Many painters have agreed with him, including Frances Gearhart, Pauline Gard Hiler, and Erin Hanson. Hanson uses a limited palette to explore the deep blues of Lake Tahoe, contrasted by surrounding mountainsides, rock outcroppings, and towering trees.
Mendocino, located just a few hours north of San Francisco, CA, is a remote coastal area known for its redwood trees, beaches, and vineyards. This area is filled with natural beauty that has been captured by artists including Daniel Mendelowitz, Grace Hudson, and Erin Hanson. Erin Hanson's paintings of Mendocino capture the wild, rugged coastline, as well as the mighty redwood forest that grows along the coast.
California's Napa Valley is famous for its vineyards and wineries. In fact, when you hear "California wine country," Napa Valley is the first region that comes to mind. This idyllic corner of Northern California has attracted painters worldwide as they capture the many vistas found in this area of California wine country. While many wine varietals are produced in Napa Valley, it is best known for growing and producing juicy cabernet sauvignon and crisp chardonnay. The vine-covered landscapes afforded by this grape-growing region bring landscape painters like Erin Hanson back over and over to explore every season in this beautiful part of the U.S. Other famous painters who have depicted this area of the West Coast include Virgil Macey Williams and Thomas Hill.
Sheltered by three mountain ranges, Palm Springs, California, is a famous desert oasis filled with palms, hot springs, and five-star hotels. While much of the land is given over to development, one can still find natural preserves throughout the valley. The quintessential palm oases found scattered through the desert, brilliant sunsets, and the desert itself have inspired artists throughout the centuries. Western artists like Carl Eytel, John Frost, and Erin Hanson have depicted the glorious desert landscapes found in and around Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
Paso Robles is a piece of California wine country located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This area is inland and filled with lush farms, pastoral vineyards, rolling hills, and vistas studded with California oaks. Erin Hanson has been painting Paso Robles scenery for over a decade; she fell in love with the gently rolling hills and idyllic countryside and has been painting vineyards, oaks, and rounded hills every since. Hanson has painted over 250 paintings of Paso Robles, and she has also published a coffee table book titled Wine Country: Impressions in Oil.
The art scene in San Diego is famous for showcasing the beautiful local California coastline, the Laguna Mountains, waterways and marshes, iconic eucalyptus, and other vibrant local flora. This area of the U.S. has been depicted by many artists, including Arthur Millier, Charles Arthur Fries, and Erin Hanson. Erin Hanson lived in San Diego for 4 years and painted her favorite landscapes of Black's Beach, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, and the Carlsbad flower fields.
The famous sandstone formations in Sedona, Arizona, glow a brilliant orange by day and turn magnificent red with the rising and setting of the sun. Lush greens rise up out of the desert floor contributing to the natural palette of a place known for its spiritual inspiration. People come from all around the world to hike, climb, camp, sightsee, and paint among the wondrous red rocks of Sedona. Artists who have captured the inner beauty of this "landscape of wild fantasy" include Maxfield Parrish, Bearcloud, Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, and Erin Hanson.
The border between the American Southwest and Southeast, Texas Hill Country is a rural area of Texas filled with pastoral scenes, an abundance of wildflowers, glistening watersheds, and beautiful geological formations. Texas Hill Country has been made famous as a travel destination by local Texans because of the amazing wildflowers that appear every spring. Any weekend in April and May, you will find hordes of couples and families taking pictures out by the bluebonnets. This lovely area has inspired landscape painters Porfirio Salinas and Erin Hanson, both of whom found the wildflowers in Hill Country particularly irresistible. Hanson uses her signature open impressionism technique to paint vast fields of native flowers, including fire wheels, Indian paintbrushes, and bluebonnets.
Oregon wine country is located in the Willamette Valley. Called the "Burgundy of the U.S.," this region is known for its wine and its quintessential Pacific Northwest landscapes. Erin Hanson moved her flagship gallery to McMinnville, located right in the middle of Oregon's art and wine scene. Hanson has painted many local landscapes, including vast tulip fields, vineyards in every season, trees and mountains, rivers, and coastlines. It's an incredibly lush region with a variety of idyllic landscapes for Hanson to put on canvas.
Arizona is home to geological wonders like the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, and Sedona - as well as the largest stand of evergreen ponderosa pine trees in the world. The stunning vistas, the variety of colors offered by red rock formations, desert flora, waterways, and more inspire a rich tapestry of art. The brilliantly hued landscape has given rise to incredible art from artists like Beatien Yazz, Jack Van Ryder, Anne Coe, and Erin Hanson.
California has an incredible diversity of landscapes: from the high peaks of Yosemite and the Sierras to the sloping hillsides of wine countries such as Mariposa, Napa, and Paso Robles; from rugged rocky coastlines to smoothly curving sandy beaches; from the high desert to Death Valley; from redwood forests to Joshua Tree forests; California has something for everyone. Home to the revivification of impressionism in the United States, Californian artists inspired the California Impressionist Movement and California Plein Air painting in the 1900s. This movement lives on in Erin Hanson's open impressionist works, many of which depict the varied landscapes found in her home state. One of Hanson's eponymous galleries is located in California's beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, an area that has inspired artists including Paul Hampden Dougherty, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Armin Hansen, Roi Clarkson Colman, and, of course, Erin Hanson.
The vast vistas, widely ranging landscapes, and incredible natural colors of Colorado have inspired varied artists, including Carlota D. Espinoza, John Edward Thompson, Thomas Moran, Birger Sandzén, and Erin Hanson. From the High Plains to the Rocky Mountains and everywhere in between, Colorado is home to incredible vistas that change with the seasons. This gem is a particularly lovely place to go leaf-peeping, and many of Hanson's works explore Colorado during the fall when many-hued leaves offer a variegated landscape for her to study with palette and brush.
The state of Idaho is known for pristine waterways, wooded mountains, vast plains, and pastoral farmland. The canyons, wilderness areas, and many-hued plains of this northwestern state have inspired artists like Archie Teater and Erin Hanson to paint the vibrant landscape over and over again.
When one thinks of Montana, the first thing to come to mind is often the vast natural landscapes available in this northern state. Montana is home to Glacier National Park, part of Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and ancient glaciers. These diverse panoramas afford endless inspiration to artists like Birger Sandzén and Erin Hanson. Hanson's love of intense color, along with her limited palette, is perfect for painting these intense and manifold vistas.
Erin Hanson developed her open impressionist style of painting (and rock climbing) among the red rock cliffs of Nevada's desertscapes. The state is known for foreboding desert landscapes, red rocks, and of course, Las Vegas. Hanson not only depicts many of the state's conservation areas including Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon, but she also shares views of lesser-known buttes and rock formations found throughout the state.
Leaf-peeping is a New England tradition, and many painters have explored the multifaceted color variations afforded by the autumn season Artists like George Durrie, John Frederick Kensett, Grandma Moses, and Erin Hanson explored the beauty of autumnal leaves just before winter winds whisk them away. Hanson's paintings depict places like Acadia National Park, the White Mountains, Quill Hill, the Appalachian Trail, and many of the sights and pastoral scenery along the way.
Color-loving artists like Georgia O'Keefe and Erin Hanson prove that New Mexico is a state filled with incredible beauty, both in landscapes and flora. This state is filled with national forests, national monuments, gorges, and plateaus, as well as cacti, cottonwood, verbena, and yarrow. Vibrant color is layered upon brilliant hues in every Hanson impressionist landscape painting, and her work in New Mexico is no exception.
Home to a rugged coastline, vast deserts, farmland, and a portion of the Pacific Temperate Rainforest, Oregon's landscapes are varied and beautiful. Erin Hanson has painted many aspects of Oregon's natural areas, from famous spots like Haystack Rock, Smith Rock, and the Cascade Range to local vineyards, tulip farms, and the maples in her own backyard. Inspired by impressionist landscape artists from the northern Americas like Tom Thomson, Hanson takes on the wilds of Oregon with brush and canvas in this collection of Oregon-inspired landscape paintings.
South Carolina is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the tallest mountain peak in the Appalachians, Grandfather Mountain. The fall color usually peaks in mid-October and millions of enchanted leaf peepers crowd along the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the gorgeous color changes.
Texas is the second-largest state in the United States, and it is filled with a variety of landscapes that have inspired artists like the Dallas Nine to create incredible, vibrant artworks featuring the people and land of the Southwest. Billowing clouds, long stretches of countryside, colorful valleys, protected natural borderlands, and sweeps of wildflowers inspire artists to depict the lone star state again and again. Western artists like Alexandre Hogue, Jerry Bywaters, Thomas M. Stell, and Erin Hanson have painted everything from the famous Texas longhorn cattle to the wildflowers found in Texas hill country.
Landscape painters like James Taylor Harwood, Alfred Lambourne, Edgar Payne, William Wendt, and Erin Hanson have found no end of subjects in Utah. Hanson has painted her way through Utah's national parks, monuments, and hidden gems. The hoodoo rocks of Bryce Canyon, waterways of Zion National Park, Delicate Arch, and Canyonlands are only one aspect of the vistas available in this diverse state. In her Utah landscape paintings, you will find hidden cedar stands, desert greenery, and stunning fall foliage - along with the many famous red rock canyons, spires, and arches found in the state.
Lavender fields, pine stands, a rugged coastline, volcanoes, and sweeping deserts can all be found in Washington state. This land of blooms, both wild and cultivated, inspired Erin Hanson to create several open impressionist paintings filled with vibrant colors, contrasting hues, and beautiful blossoms. The waterways, coastal forests, looming mountains, and pastoral farmlands have inspired Hanson to return to Washington year after year to find inspiration for her landscape paintings.
Acadia National Park is filled with glimmering waterways, woodlands, and granite peaks. It is also a wonderful place to go leaf-peeping in the autumn when towering pines stand green against a mosaic of reds, golds, browns, and oranges. Erin Hanson explored Maine's most famous national park and captured its landscapes with an impressionistic brush. Her vibrant landscape paintings depict Maine amid autumnal transition, with the waterways of Acadia reflecting brilliant hues in each colorful brushstroke.
Utah's Arches National Park is a wonder of red rock splendor. This park is filled with massive rock formations, including the famous Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock monuments. Erin Hanson hiked this park during several seasons, painting the flora of Arches during the spring rains as well as the clear winter light that can only be found in the frigid months. Hanson's desert paintings use pure pigments to showcase the red rock fins, lesser-known arches, boulders, and the surrounding mountains -- along with some of the more famous sites.
Texas's Big Bend National Park is right on the border of the lone star state and Mexico. That makes it sound like a desolate place, but instead, it is filled with diverse and colorful flora and fauna throughout the park. Erin Hanson visited in the spring and was delighted to find a vast land replete with wildflowers, limestone canyons, flowing waterways, and one of her favorite subjects, the ocotillo. Each piece in Hanson's Big Bend collection shares her impressionistic view of the Texas landscape. Her bold use of color and unique painting technique brings out the spring hues of Texas. Many of these paintings were on display during her solo exhibition at The Museum of the Big Bend in 2018.
Bryce Canyon in Utah is known for brilliantly colored geological formations called hoodoos, and Erin Hanson uses her open impressionist painting technique to great effect here. She utilizes a limited palette to capture the red rock landscape, which dramatically accents the color variations found from rock to rock. Additionally, her assured brushstrokes are ideally suited to the enormity of the landscape she is painting, which gives one an understanding of the incredible vistas found in this Utah landscape.
Arizona's Canyon de Chelly is on tribal lands, and one can feel the spirituality and history the moment one lays eyes on the verdant canyon and red rock spires. Erin Hanson has explored this national monument several times and has painted the red rock landscape throughout the seasons. Hanson's Canyon de Chelly paintings share an impressionistic view of red rock vistas, spring panoramas, and the play of dawn light across the canyon. These western paintings capture the essence of the ancient rock formations found in Canyon de Chelly.
Layers upon layers of color can be found in Canyonlands National Park, and Erin Hanson's landscape paintings depict various scenes found in this Utah national park. The Colorado River carved through this land and created red rock buttes, spires, mesas, and fins - and Hanson's vividly hued oil paintings explore the Canyonland vistas from both the northern and southern entrances.
The Cascade Mountain Range spans the Pacific Northwest from Canada through Washington and Oregon. In Erin Hanson's open impressionist landscape paintings, the Cascades are captured in vibrant hues of purple, orange, blue, and lavender. Her oil paintings showcase the brilliant colors refracting from snow-topped peaks as pines tower in the foreground.
Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah is an incredible natural red rock amphitheater filled to the brim with aspens and cedars. In fact, this national monument is home to the largest single organism of aspen trees in the world! Quaking aspens are one of Hanson's favorite subjects to paint, and when she discovered Cedar Breaks she felt like she had come home. Her impressionist Cedar Breaks landscape paintings are filled with red, yellow, gold, and orange hues, a celebration of the colors of aspen.
The stunning vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona have inspired painters from Thomas Moran to Louis B. Akin to Erin Hanson. The Colorado River carved this immense canyon over centuries to become what it is today. Every outlook over this triumph of nature is beautiful, and Hanson has painted both the famous Northern and Southern Rims, and she has hiked down to the river's edge to capture the canyon from a lower perspective. Hanson's impressionist brushstrokes capture the canyon during the golden hour and as the sun is setting. Every impressionist painting captures the golden glimmers of sunlight hitting rock along with the rainbow hues of the surrounding landscape.
An ancient oasis, Indian Canyon Palm Oasis is located in Palm Springs, California. This sacred area is one of the most tranquil places in Palm Springs. The serenity of the space brings Erin Hanson back to paint the palms and cool waters. Hanson's impressionist technique is ideally suited to paint the reflective nature of the area.
Spindly Joshua trees occupy much of the desertscape in Joshua Tree National Park. They crowd in groves or stand nobly on their own throughout the land. Interspersed among the alien forms are enormous boulders, cacti, ocotillo, and even water. Erin Hanson uses the long brushstrokes of her open impressionist technique to impart the movement of desert scrub, the sun in the sky, and the hot breeze rushing through Joshua trees in each of her desert landscape paintings. Her familiarity with the region extends to camping and rock climbing among the granite boulders.
The red desert of Arizona's Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is filled with varying hues of vermillion, blush, and umber. Mittens Butte and Merrick Butte tower over the sandy vista, attracting tourists, artists, and filmmakers alike. Painters like Ralph Brownell McGrew, Maynard Dixon, and Erin Hanson have interpreted these ever-changing sands and spires in their distinct styles. Hanson uses hand-mixed hues to showcase the rock variegations and shifting clouds in her impressionist paintings. Each Hanson landscape painting also exhibits the bristlecone pines, yucca, tumbleweed, juniper, and other flora that thrive in Monument Valley.
Open impressionism was born in Nevada's Red Rock Canyon. Erin Hanson found endless inspiration among red rock cliffs, spires, and boulders found while rock climbing and hiking through Nevada's wild desert. Her Red Rock Canyon paintings demonstrate her deep love for this beautiful conservation area in Nevada.
The Rocky Mountain Range is the most extensive mountain system in North America, stretching from Canada to New Mexico. Because the range passes through a wide variety of landscapes, the vistas afforded by the mountains are incredibly diverse. The range was a favorite of western artist and master of color, Birger Sandzén.
The saguaro is likely the most recognizable symbol of the American West. However, before it became a symbol of western art, these cacti were considered part of the tribe to local peoples. Painting a saguaro is much like painting a portrait. Each cactus is unique in itself, and this individuality has been recognized both by visitors to Saguaro National Park as well as western landscape artists. Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Erin Hanson have all painted these incredible cacti, depicting their abstract shapes and unique curves with paint and brush.
San Diego is home to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Located within the city limits of San Diego, this natural area is a balm to the heart of any nature lover worn down by city life. While living in San Diego, Erin Hanson explored the natural beauty of Torrey Pines, sharing her vision of the coastal overlooks, pines, and spectacular sunsets in her western art. Using her open impressionist painting style, Hanson places vibrantly colored brushstrokes side by side to show her textured vision of Torrey Pines.
Nevada's Valley of Fire is so named because of the vibrant red Aztec sandstone prominences nestled on the brown and gray limestone floor, which look like plumes of fire when illuminated during sunrise or sunset. These brilliantly hued red rocks are a sight to behold and have inspired western artists like Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, R. Brownell McGrew, and Erin Hanson. Hanson's impressionist paintings have captured the beauty, abstraction, and vibrant color found throughout the valley. She paints notable landmarks like Seven Sisters and Balanced Rock, as well as less-known but equally beautiful scenes found throughout Valley of Fire.
Erin Hanson loves leaf-peeping in New England, and she has created many autumnal paintings showcasing the leaves turning. She visited the White Mountains of the Northeastern United States, which are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Here she found the brilliantly colored landscape a perfect subject for her impressionist art. Hanson's fall color paintings showcase the abstract shapes and fluid movement of autumnal leaves caught in chill breezes as one crunches through fallen foliage.
From El Capitan to the Tuolumne Meadows, the Dana Meadows, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range, and the Kuna Crest, Yosemite offers intense beauty year-round. The Mariposa, the Tuolumne, and the Merced Groves are home to ancient sequoias and can only be described as sacred treasures. Yosemite has been captured in the paintings of Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Constance Gordon-Cumming, Thomas Laycock, and Erin Hanson.
The world-famous Zion National Park in Utah is home to some of the tallest sandstone cliffs in the world as well as incredible, ever-narrowing canyons carved over the centuries by the Virgin River. The landscapes are stunning and majestic, and it is without a doubt one of the favorite haunts of artist Erin Hanson. Hanson has returned to the park many times to paint its unique landscapes, and she has held two solo exhibitions in the area: one at the St. George Art Museum and one at the Zion Human History Museum.
The Petite Show returns in 2023 with an explosion of impressionistic color in Hanson's unique take on modern impressionism. Each petite work is filled with confident brush strokes that capture the stained glass quality of light.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, California, will exhibit Erin Hanson’s vibrant, impressionist paintings during the Erin Hanson: Alchemist of Color exhibition. This showing features Hanson’s bold landscape paintings, each utilizing pure pigments in a limited palette. The exhibition will take place from October 5th through December 28th, 2023
The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art presents a solo exhibition by Erin Hanson. Erin Hanson: Color on the Vine will offer a selection of viticultural landscapes in Erin Hanson's iconic Open Impressionism style. The show is on display from July to November 2023.
Welcome to Erin Hanson's annual Petite Show. Small works on linen capture big scenery and joyful color with loose, expressive brush strokes in Hanson's iconic Open Impressionism style.
Erin Hanson releases a new collection of oil paintings for art collectors and fans a few times every year. In 2022, Hanson released "The Sunflower Show." This sunflower collection includes paintings of cut flowers in vases, wildflower blooms, and cultivated fields of sunflowers. Hanson has been an avid fan of impressionism since she was a young child when she experienced Van Gogh’s painting Irises and discovered that a painting could be more colorful than nature. Van Gogh’s works, as well as paintings of other early impressionists and post-impressionists, have shaped and fueled Hanson’s ambition to flood the world with natural beauty as seen through the lens of impressionism.
Erin Hanson's annual "Petite Show" is eagerly awaited by patrons of the arts every holiday season. These small works are perfect for any avid art collector. Using short, deft brush strokes, Hanson captures the majesty of the outdoors on small linen panels. These pieces are beautifully framed in custom-made, plein air frames.
The Santa Paula Art Museum presented a solo exhibition by Erin Hanson in 2021. Colors of California was Hanson's most comprehensive collection of California's diverse and beautiful landscapes. Inspired by the changing seasons and colors of California's vineyards, coastlines, hills, and oak trees, Erin Hanson has spent fifteen years exploring California's rural landscapes and capturing their natural beauty on canvas.
View the annual Petite Show collection from 2020. This small works exhibition is looked forward to all year by collectors who love petite paintings. Thickly textured brush strokes and vivid, un-muddied colors mark an Erin Hanson painting from a mile away.
The Crystal Light Show was a collection of 16 original oil paintings released in 2020. Hanson used this show to explore the definition of her famous "Crystal Light" series. What is a crystal light painting? Hanson defines it as a painting that captures the crystalline effect of light shining through trees or clouds, refracted outwards in a rainbow effect of light and shadow.
The Petite Show in 2019 was a vibrant explosion of impressionistic color, all captured on petite canvases under 20" in size. These small works are like multi-faceted jewels of color, perfect for hanging in your home. If you are looking for artwork to fit a narrow wall or hallway, you are sure to find a painting that inspires you in this collection.
2019 marked Erin Hanson's entrance into motherhood, and when she was pregnant with her daughter Sierra, she painted The Floral Show to be released on Mother's Day, 2019. The collection focused on wildflowers and still life paintings (which Hanson had never specialized in before, but was the perfect subject to take up when several months pregnant...) Since then Hanson has discovered a love for painting sunflowers in vases, as well as irises, ranunculus, tulips, and peonies.
Erin Hanson: Impressions of Big Bend County was displayed at The Museum of the Big Bend in southern Texas, in late 2018. Hanson has long been inspired by the landscapes of Texas, and when approached by the museum to put on a show of Big Bend landscape, Hanson jumped in her van and drove across the country to explore the secluded and dramatic wilderness of Big Bend National Park. Big skies, big cliffs, big color -- that is what Hanson discovered and captured with her paintbrush for this iconic exhibition of natural landscapes.
Erin Hanson's annual Petite Show has gained so much in popularity that most of the little paintings get sold out before the exhibition even begins. The petite collection from 2018 included small works from Arizona, southern California, New England, Utah, Texas, and Japan. Though small in stature, these petite paintings are big on emotional impact.
2018 was a busy year for new releases for impressionist artist Erin Hanson. The Fall Colors Show was one of three new collection releases (as well as two museum shows) for the prolific artist. This collection of autumn hues showcased paintings inspired by Hanson's recent leaf-peeping trips to the east coast and Kyoto, Japan, as well as landscapes as diverse as San Diego and Cedar Breaks National Park. Hanson searches for (and finds) beauty in any nook and cranny of our natural landscape.
In 2018, Erin Hanson released a new collection of works inspired by the red rock desert on the Colorado Plateau, also known as the Four Corners region. Her vibrant paintings breathe fresh color into traditional Western landscapes, and each painting represents her unique view of the natural world. Warm hues of golden orange contrast with amethyst shadows and blue desert skies. From Arches Nation Park to the Grand Canyon, the sunrises and sunsets of the red rock desert are captured with Hanson's expressive brushwork.
Open Impressionism: The Works of Erin Hanson was a retrospective of the early works and developmental pieces that led to Hanson's current style of Open Impressionism. This exhibition, which spanned 4 gallery showrooms, was the first comprehensive presentation of Hanson's career. Organized by the Goddard Center for Fine Arts, this exhibition featured a selection of never-before-exhibited works from Hanson's personal collection as well as paintings highlighting her prolific output over the previous decade and a half. Open Impressionism is a new style and movement which has sparked fresh enthusiasm for contemporary Impressionism. Erin Hanson’s best-known works include Crystal Light, Field of Blooms, and The Path.
The spring of 2017 marked the greatest spring bloom California has seen in over 15 years, a phenomenon even visible from space. Not one to shy away from an excursion, contemporary impressionist Erin Hanson raced to experience this incredible and rare occurrence in Southern California's iconic Borrego Springs to photograph the lush blooms before they crisped in the brutal California sun. Hanson then went further in her travels and explored the super bloom in other parts of California, next traveling to Arizona and Texas hill country (which is famous for its wildflowers) to photograph the colorful flowers blooming after this year's heavy rains.
The Coastal Show from 2017 celebrated the beauty of southern California's coastline, from San Diego to Monterey. These color, impressionist works included paintings of Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach, Lover's Point in Monterey, Whale Rock near Cambria, Torrey Pines in San Diego, and other iconic viewpoints along California's Highway 1.
Zion National Park is one of the most popular national parks in southern Utah. The park sprawls over 50 miles of rugged cliffs, deep slot canyons, flat-topped buttes, and multi-colored mountains. Erin Hanson loves exploring this park during all seasons (once she hiked the 50-miles across Zion, from Kolob Canyon to the East Gate, ending the final day hiking through deep snow.) This exhibition, held in the heart of Zion National Park at the Human History Museum, showcased a variety of images of Zion, painted in Hanson's signature bright palette of colors.
The Orange Show was a study of the color orange as it appears in natural landscapes. The exhibition of works was hung on dark blue gallery walls, making the colors pop with vibrant contrasts. The Orange Show included paintings of red rock monuments, rolling hills in wine country, sunflower blooms, and autumn trees.
In celebration of the National Park Service's 100th year anniversary, the St. Geroge Art Museum in southern Utah held a solo exhibition of Erin Hanson's impressionist paintings of national parks and monuments. The collection included works from Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and many others. View Erin's popular Painted Parks art exhibition here.