San Diego, CA
Hanging precariously and horizontally from red sandstone, hundreds of feet above the ground, may not seem like it would inspire the creation of beautiful 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 began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon that her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature.
Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, voraciously studying oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors. She began doing commissioned paintings at age ten, and by age twelve she was employed after school by a mural studio, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of 40-foot canvases. Two years later, a high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating from high school at age 16, Erin next attended UC Berkeley, excelling further in her studies and creative development and attaining a degree in Bioengineering.
After graduating from college, Erin entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing and hiking among the brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada and Utah provided endless inspiration for her work. In these beautiful surroundings, she decided firmly to dedicate herself to creating one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, and has, for the past decade, been developing a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, which she describes as “Open Impressionism.”