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Zion National Park landscape painting by contemporary impressionist Erin Hanson

Crystal Cottonwoods



40 x 30 in



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About the Painting

Inspired by backpacking in the early morning through Hop Valley, near Zion National Park, this painting captures the early morning light filtering through the autumn cottonwood trees. The red rock cliffs surround the valley, a beautiful contrast to the golden leaves.

This painting was created in the Open-impressionist style, with loose brush strokes and thickly applied oil paint. The mosaic quality of the brushwork creates a delicate stained glass appearance to the landscape, adding a dreamlike feel.

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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