Intense shades of red, deep purple hues, fiery oranges, and splashes of bright green combine to form Erin Hanson’s soothing landscape paintings. The young contemporary pairs exceptional multi-hued skyscapes with leaning trees and imposing mountain faces to impart her own unique impressionist take on the picturesque settings. Armed with a paintbrush, Hanson forms “abstract mosaics of color and texture” that convey a mastery of shades, tints, and tones.
The artist, who has been voraciously honing her painting skills since she was just ten years old, celebrates the amazing beauty of the outdoors within her artwork. Weaving saturated hues into her paintings, Hanson transports her viewers to the magic golden hour that can only be found at sunset or sunrise. Gathering thousands of photographs during her trips to National Parks around the country, she then transmits these moments onto canvas upon her return, instilling a characteristic open-impressionistic style into each colorful creation. The pioneer of this minimalistic technique which places impasto paint strokes without layering, Hanson creates pieces that are reminiscent of famous impressionists such as Monet, but remain entirely of her own perceptions.
The pictures shown here have been gathered from her sold out Painted Parks exhibition, which features a collection of 40 pieces, now on display at the St. George Art Museum in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial. Her phenomenal artwork is inspired by the natural beauty of parks such as the Zion, Moab, the Cascades and Joshua Tree and so 10% of the proceeds collected from her show will go towards initiatives that help support the Zion National Park.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Erin Hanson.