Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, voraciously learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors. She began commissioning 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 forty-foot canvases. Two years later, she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating high school at age sixteen, Hanson next attended UC Berkeley attaining a degree in Bioengineering.
After graduating from college, Hanson entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing among the brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada and Utah, watching the seasons and the light change daily across the desert, provided endless inspiration for her work. In these beautiful surroundings, Hanson 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 has become known as “Open-Impressionism.” As other artists began emulating her painting techniques, Hanson was credited as the pioneer and originator of this contemporary style.
What does your work aim to say?
Fundamentally, I have an interest in inspiring a deeper sense of respect and wonder for our natural world. Each piece has its own emotion and sense to it but there is an always present message of natural beauty.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
There is such a strong support group and interest in artwork of all kinds that I have rarely seen my sex have an impact on how my work or career has progressed. I think that the advantage is that we very much have access to all of the resources we can get our hands on in terms of online marketing resources and many media outlets are drawn to the works of a female artist.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
I very much have an interest in ushering in a new era of impressionism and a focus on natural beauty. I am constantly inspired by what I find when I am out backpacking or exploring new landscapes and hope that my experiences will then set out a ripple effect in both respect and preservation for our wonderful planet.
San Diego - California - USA