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Snowy trail in Zion National Park, landscape oil painting by Erin Hanson

First Snow



40 x 26 in



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About the Painting

On day five of a recent backpacking trip through Zion National Park, it snowed almost all day, the clouds occasionally parting to expose brilliant blue skies overhead. The last leg of the journey from Kolob Canyon to the East Gate involved steep, winding switchbacks that cut narrowly along the steep cliffs. The rocks were beautifully cut into stair shapes when the going got too steep. This painting captures that adventure and grandeur of the moment.

This painting was created on a gallery-depth canvas with the painting continued around the edges. The painting will arrive in a beautiful hardwood floater frame, ready to hang.

Exhibited: St George Art Museum, Utah, in a solo exhibition celebrating the National Park's centennial: Erin Hanson's Painted Parks, 2016.


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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