Dance of Ocotillos - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

Dance of Ocotillos - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

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Ocotillo painting inspired by the California Desert and Joshua Tree National Park.

Dance of Ocotillos



20 x 30 in


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About the Painting

The long stalks of the ocotillo cactus stretch tall into a desert sky full of sunset color. The rolling clouds tumble in the wind, changing hues as the sun dips lower towards the horizon. To capture the movement and vivacity of this scene, as I perceived it in person, I used long, loose brush strokes and bold color that awakens the senses.

This painting has been framed in a hand-carved, one-of-a-kind frame that has been hand-gilded in genuine gold leaf. This frame is a beautiful blend of classic American impressionist frames and contemporary "floater frames," just as my style is a unique blend of the classic and contemporary. Read more about the painting's details here.


Erin Hanson ArtistERIN 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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