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Art Under the Umbrellas Spotlight: Erin Hanson

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Erin Hanson | Art Under the Umbrellas Spotlight

Art Under the Umbrellas Spotlight: Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson expresses her love of the desert with a thick, bold application of paint that mirrors the stark lines and shapes unique to the Southwest. An accomplished plein air painter, Erin applies elements of plein air technique to her impressionist style. Her art always stands out in a crowd, the bright colors and loose brushstrokes capturing the imagination of her viewers.

Hanson has a lifetime of experience creating art in all mediums, from dramatic graphic art to peaceful landscapes. As a young child, she wrote in her school application that she wanted to become “an artist and a scientist.”  At age twelve she was employed as a painter creating enormous murals on canvas. Here she became expert at color matching and mixing paint, and she spent her nights and weekends of the next few years high up on a scaffold painting trees and landscapes. She attained a degree in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley, but meanwhile her successes as an artist led to a total immersion in work as a professional painter.

Becoming a rock climber and experiencing the Mojave Desert and the stunning landscape of Red Rock Canyon permanently influenced Erin with their unique colors and rock formations, and rock climbing gave Erin the opportunity to experience new vistas and viewpoints never before captured in paint. She has been painting red rocks and Southwest desert ever since. Her original oil paintings are avidly collected by art lovers around the world, and her work can be seen in top-rated galleries, festivals, and art museums across the United States.


Visit Erin Hanson’s booth at Art Under the Umbrellas on February 1 and March 22, plus La Quinta Arts Festival, the #1 Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival in the Nation, March 6-9, 2014.