Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, 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 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. 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.”