Erin Hanson is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oil painting at 10 years old. As a teenager, she worked in a mural studio creating paintings for restaurants and casinos around the world. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Erin Hanson took pause from art to major in Bioengineering.

Inspired by rock climbing Red Rock Canyon and the southern California desert, Hanson has since spent almost a decade painting the dramatic scenery of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. Erin Hanson has created a unique style of her own, bringing elements of classic impressionism together with modern expressionism and adding a dash of “plein-air style.” Her oil paintings stand out in a crowd, bringing a fresh new look to contemporary Western landscapes.

Open-Impressionism catches the attention at once as being a new style of painting. Colors are vibrant, pre-mixed, and un-muddied. Thick brush strokes are left to exist as they are placed, which preserves every tiny ridge in the paint left by the brush. This medley of texture pulls the eye along in an ever-moving dance within the landscape.
The purpose of Open-Impressionism is to capture the true experience of being outdoors, each painting more of an emotional work than a photographic representation. The wind pushing against your back, prickling the sweat in your hair, your feet sinking into the damp earth beneath an oak tree, eyes squinting against the sun, burrs in your socks, eyes lingering across a perfect, idyllic landscape; the purpose of a painting following Open-Impressionism is to capture these fleeting experiences in a few swabs of paint.
Fewer strokes is better in Open-Impressionism. If a tree can be painted in five strokes instead of thirty, a feeling of freshness and spontaneity is communicated in the abstraction of a tree to its basic form and movement. Color choice becomes a decision made more from instinct than visual identification.
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