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Paso Robles dawn light original oil painting in alla prima, by Erin Hanson

Before Dawn



24 x 30 in


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About the Painting

Thick with texture and motion, this oil painting captures the back country roads of Paso Robles, California. As the sun rose low on the horizon, the sunrays slowly reached into the valley floor, catching the tips of oak trees orange with fiery morning light.


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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