Erin Hanson Captures the Essence of Nature With Impasto Paint Strokes

Erin Hanson’s vivacious oil paintings capture the very essence of nature. Using a technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, she transforms natural landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture. This technique also lends a sculptural effect to her art.

A creative through and through, Hanson began painting when she was just a child, and has been commissioned by the age of ten (!). When she was twelve-years-old she was officially employed by a mural studio, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of forty-foot canvases.

But her technique was also formed by observing her natural surroundings. After a lifetime of experimenting in different styles and mediums, it wasn’t until Hanson began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon that her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature. In these beautiful surroundings, she also decided to take on a life-long challenge: dedicating herself to creating one painting every week for the rest of her life.

“I think the modern or contemporary art world shies away from landscapes or natural beauty,” she told Art Aesthetics Magazine. “I don’t really understand why since it is one of the most pleasing art forms to the eye and certainly one of the most popular.”

Scrolling through her Instagram page, her position is made evidently clear.