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

Elephant Rock



20 x 24 in


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About the Painting

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.

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 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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