2018 Featured Poster Artist
Erin Hanson, Painting (San Diego, CA) — Erin Hanson was chosen as the La Quinta Arts Festival 2018 Poster Artist for her selected artwork, a landscape oil painting of the Santa Rosa Mountains, which pays tribute to our beautiful host City of La Quinta. The stunning painting is part of her Santa Rosa Mountain series. Each piece will highlight remarkable aspects of the magnificent mountain range, unique to the Coachella Valley.
Her vibrant style, brings a fresh, dramatic look at our unique desert landscape while capturing its essence. Inspired by rock climbing and the southern California desert, she has spent almost a decade painting the dramatic scenery of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.
“I love to capture the moments when early morning light peeks through and lights everything up in sherbets, lavenders and ice cream colors,” said Erin. “I want others to experience the drama and excitement of the landscape like I do.”
Erin began painting as a young girl, voraciously learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors.
She received her first painting commission requests at age ten, and by age twelve, she was employed by a mural studio after school, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of forty-foot canvases. After graduating from Otis College of Art and UC Berkeley, Hanson entered the art trade as a professional.
Over the past decade she has developed a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, which she has coined “Open-Impressionism”. She transforms these landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture, her impasto application of paint lending a sculptural effect to her art.
La Quinta Arts Foundation looks forward to welcoming you to come see Erin’s extraordinary artworks up close and in person at 36th La Quinta Arts Festival, March 1-4, 2018.