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Experimental oil painting of Joshua Tree National Park painted impressionistically by artist Erin Hanson

Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park



36 x 48 in


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About the Painting

One of Hanson's early paintings of Joshua Tree National Park, this piece captures the still water and reflections of Barker Dam. The brush strokes are extra wide and thickly applied, as the artist experiements with how loose she can make her strokes while still capturing the essense of the landscape.

This painting was done on 1-1/2" canvas, with the painting continued around the edges. The painting is framed in a gold leaf floater frame to complement the colors in the piece.

This painting was included in the exhibition Open Impressionism: The Works of Erin Hanson, a 10-year retrospective and study of the development of Open Impressionism at The Goddard Center in Ardmore, OK.


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 havens of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. 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, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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