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Lived/Active: California/Oregon      Known for: landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Erin Hanson was born in Portland, Oregon and was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young girl, her family moved to the Mojave Desert while still attending her school in La Canada. Taking long walks among the Joshua Trees by moonlight is Hanson's fondest memory of living in the
desert. The alien Joshua Trees, flat landscape, and jagged buttes inspired an early love for desert landscapes.

Erin Hanson is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oil painting at 8 years old, under the tutelage of Cesar Jimenez, at Delphi Academy in La Canada, California. Hanson studied oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, charcoal, and drawing from her teacher during the following 9 years. As a teenager, she worked in a mural studio, Paytan Place, creating paintings for restaurants and casinos. Here she applied the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of 40-foot canvases. 

A high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art, where she studied figure drawing. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Erin Hanson took pause from art to major in Bioengineering.  She has since spent many years rock climbing and painting the scenery of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Hanging precariously and horizontally from red sandstone, fifty feet above the ground, may not seem like it would inspire the creation of oil paintings, but that is exactly what happened with Erin Hanson. After a lifetime of experimenting in different styles and mediums, it wasn’t until Hanson moved to the outskirts of Las Vegas to rock climb at Red Rock Canyon that her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature.

Erin Hanson has created a style of her own, bringing elements of classic impressionism together with modern expressionism, and a dash of “plein-air style.”  Her goal is to create oil paintings which 'stand out in crowd', bringing a fresh new look to contemporary Western landscapes.

Her style has been called “Open-Impressionism,” due to her unusual use of wide brush strokes applied without layering, bold outlining, and a textural mosaic in the painting built with contrasting colors. A colorful underpainting gives a unique, glowing effect to her paintings.  The rocks themselves seem to dictate her painting style, sometimes bold and dark, other times softened by a fragile light.

Written and submitted by the artist, July 2013

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Otis College of Art and Design. Special scholarship program. 1997
Delphi Academy, La Canada, CA. High School Diploma. 1998
University of California, Berkeley. Dean's List. Bachelor of Science. 2003


BORREGO ART INSTITUTE. Borrego Springs, CA. Curated by Barbara Nickerson. 2013

ERIN HANSON: COLORS OF PASO, SOLO SHOW. Paso Robles, CA. Curated by Sasha Irving. 2012

ART IN THE PARK. 1st Place Fine Art. Juried by Boulder City Hospital Foundation. 2012


CA 101 EXHIBITION, 2012, Redondo Beach, CA. Curated by Sandra Liljenwall. 2012

ICONS OF THE WEST 2012. Missoula, MT. Curated by Dana Gallery. 2012

DESERTSCAPES: COACHELLA VALLEY AND BEYOND. Palm Desert, CA. Curated by Jana Koroczynsky. 2012

THE MAJESTICAL ROOF. Downtown Pasadena, CA. Curated by Christina Burnal. 2009

TWO BUNCH PALMS RESORT. Two Bunch Palms, CA. Curated by Jasminka Eads. 2008

LIGUORI GALLERY SOLO SHOW. Boulder City, NV. Curated by Steven Liguori. 2007

VALLEY OF FIRE VISITOR’S CENTER. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. 2006

Press Coverage

Southwest Art Magazine,
March 2013, "Mosaics in the Landscape" by Bonnie Gangelhoff

"Thieving Thursday: Painter Erin Hanson…Wow" by Laura Diamond Writes On..., January 2013.

New Times, October 2012 "Open Impressions" by Anna Weltner

The Tribune, October 2012 "Imagining the Perfect Sunday Drive," by Monica Fiscalini, San Luis Obispo

New Times, May 2012, Paso Robles article by Anna Weltner

Desert Entertainer, Feb 2011, Palm Springs article by John Weidenhamer

KCLB Palm Springs radio interviews. 2010-2012

Corporate Commissions

Kaiser-Permanante Hospital. 19 foot oil painting of local landscape. 2012

Nordstrom Stores. Multiple purchases of oil paintings. 2009

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Submitted by Ken Ratner

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