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Erin Hanson

Red Rock Fine Art

"Rock climbing brought me back to my artist roots, and my love for the desert is boldly expressed in my oils."

Artist Erin Hanson considers her oil paintings a blend of traditional California impressionism and abstract cubism, with a dash of plein-air style. The rocks themselves seem to dictate her painting style, sometimes bold and dark, other times softened by a fragile light.

Hanson transforms desert landscape into an abstract mosaic of color and texture. The impasto application of paint lends a sculptural effect to her art. These oil paintings are created wet-on-wet, without layering, allowing you to experience every brush stroke. A colorful underpainting gives a unique, glowing effect to her paintings.

A life-long painter, Hanson began her study of oil painting at 12 years old. As a teenager, she worked in a mural studio, painting for restaurants and casinos. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Erin Hanson took pause from art to study Bioengineering. She has since spent 5 years rock climbing and painting the scenery of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
La Quinta Art Festival, La Quinta, CA, La Quinta Civic Center, 2011
La Jolla Festival of the Arts, La Jolla, CA, UC San Diego Campus, 2011
Capitola Art Festival, Capitola, CA, Capitola by the Sea, 2010
Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hills, 2010
The Desert Arts Festival, Palm Springs, CA, Francis Stevens Park, 2007-11
Art in the Park, Boulder City, NV, Wilbur Park, 2006-11
Boulder City Fine Art Festival, Boulder City, NV, Bicentennial Park, 2006-11
Erin Hanson: Works of Paso Robles, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, Ca, 2014