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Contemporary impressionism oil painting done on 24kt gold leaf, by Erin Hanson.

Gilded Path



24 x 36 in



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About the Painting

This is the first painting in the Orange Series, a special collection I am creating for The Orange Show, which will be hanging in my gallery during the month of October. This series will be concentrating on the nuances and subtle beauties of the color orange. I will be playing with new color combinations and effects of light. This painting is available for purchase now, but it will be shipped at the end of October.

This painting, Gilded Path, is a special piece in that it has 24kt gold leaf applied to the underpainting. The gold leaf peeks through the brush strokes in a subtle manner, catching the light when you look at the painting at different angles.

In the photographs above, you can see how the painting changes when viewed from different angles.

This painting has been framed in an Open Impressionist frame. These frames are one-of-a-kind, hand carved in the US and hand-gilded with 23kt gold leaf. The Open Impressionsist 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. The frame is designed to stand away from the edge of the canvas, leaving a 1/4" gap around the painting, which allows you to experience every brush stroke on the canvas. This "open" style of framing gives the painting room to expand and fill the eye, without losing any of the vivid color or delicate motion of the brush strokes.


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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