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Oil painting of Valley of Fire and ironic Elephant Rock by impressionist artist Erin Hanson

Elephant Rock



24 x 20 in


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This painting is included in the exhibition Open Impressionism: The Works of Erin Hanson, a 10-year retrospective and study of the development of Open Impressionism. The exhibition will be held at The Goddard Center in Ardmore, OK. This painting is in a private collection, not available for sale.

About the Painting:
This early example of Open Impressionism was created in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a painting of "Elephant Rock," an animal-shaped rock formation in Valley of Fire State Park, an hour north of Vegas. Notice the smoothly blended brush strokes and lack of an underpainting.


ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other recesses of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, with hundreds of collectors eagerly anticipating her work.  As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, Hanson is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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