(1981 - Present )
Erin Hanson is credited as a pioneer in a painting style known as "Open Impressionism." Painting one painting a week, her technique is minimalistic. Paint strokes are placed one-next-to-the-other, creating an impasto, or textured surface on the canvas. Erin Hanson, an avid rock climber and hiker, is inspired by vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing among the brilliantly-colored cliffs of Utah, New Mexico and Nevada, watching the seasons and light change daily across the desert, provide endless inspiration for the artist's work.
Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire her work. She visits the Colorado plateau every year, backpacking and hiking through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. Other favorite haunts include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Anza-Borrego desert. Transforming the Southwest landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture, Erin's paintings are inspired by the Taos Society of Artists and continue to find interest with "new collectors".