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Bold colors capture California Desert in a dramatic oil painting by Erin Hanson

Jumping Cholla



38 x 52 in


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Desert morning light plays over these prickly jumping cholla cacti in Joshua Tree National Park. The warm Mojave colors bring the desert to life, while the textured brush strokes add motion and energy to the painting.


ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. 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.

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