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Cottonwoods at Chelly, modern impressionism painting of Canyon de Chelly, by Erin Hanson

Cottonwoods at Chelly



24 x 30 in


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About the Painting

Red sandstone is the perfect color contrast for summer cottonwoods in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. The brush strokes in this painting are thick and impressionistic. Erin fell in love with the pastel-aqua greens against the desert canyon walls, and this painting inspired a series of four "Cottonwoods at Chelly" oil paintings.


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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