Erin Hanson’s artistic style has been inspired by painters such as van Gogh, the Group of Seven, the early California Impressionists and Japanese Art. Before we start to look at Erin’s work,  a little about the Group of Seven who were a group of Canadian Painters who believed that Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature. Some of the members came from the Beaver Hall Group we talked about in a much earlier Blog. (Wikipedia). This is what I love about the art world- it is all connected in some way. It’s a giant dot-to-dot-painting!

Hanging precariously and horizontally from red sandstone, hundreds of feet above the ground, may not seem like it would inspire the creation of beautiful oil paintings, but that is exactly what happened with Erin Hanson. 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. (Ref:
Here is her painting of Red Rock Canyon.

What is also distinctive about the paintings of Erin Hanson is the movement she creates. I find her Windy Skies wonderful.

And note the movement in the clouds propelling the remarkable shapes and colours in the Hero Image today which is a diptych titled Burst of Clouds.

Trees naturally figure prominently in the works of Erin Hanson. They come alive in all kinds of ways illuminated by colour and formed by lines that express the narrative of their experience and growth.
Crystal Grove.

Gnarled Trees.

Emerald in Shade.

Color Rise.

And in stark contrast Erin Hanson’s desert images come alive with the excitement of tonal colour as you have never seen before.
Desert Fins.

Desert Flowers.

Desert in Color.

I would love Erin to come to Australia and for us to experience her interpretation of our desert. I am sure we would be delighted.

To complete today’s feast of paintings we can enjoy Erin’s perception of the sea in Highway 1.

In 2016 Erin produced a series of paintings on the colour Orange, exploring how it can be used in different landscapes to create emotional impact. (Ref:

Very soon Jane and I are going to explore the use of colour in paintings and you will enjoy seeing Erin Hanson’s Orange series and learn more about the role colour plays in art and in our lives.

Does having buckets of artistic talent mean that Erin found it easy to achieve this level of creativity? Not so. I quote here from an interview with the artist conduced by by Anna Gragert on October 22, 2015. Erin said: I went to a small private school, where I graduated high school at age 16. For 10 years at this school I had the same art instructor. Aside from valuable lessons in technique and theory, the most important thing I learned was to open my eyes and draw objects as they really were, not draw my assumptions about them. We did a LOT of drawing and painting from nature and still life, and I did hundreds of repetitions of drawing my own face in the mirror or drawing my own hand holding the drawing pencil, drawing itself on the paper (M.C. Escher style). It was all this practice painting realism that allowed me to eventually simplify the complexity of what I was seeing and develop the minimalist approach that I have today.(Ref:

For my American subscribers, The Erin Hanson Gallery is located in central San Diego, off Miramar Road, in San Diego’s design district. Open to the public Wednesday – Sunday
Erin’s Facebook Page: The Erin Hanson Gallery
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(Source for Images: Please note that all images that appear on this post have been taken from Erin Hanson’s website.)

In the next Blog we continue the influence of Van Gogh which has extended as far as Gippsland, Victoria. You are about to meet a remarkable artist who loves to paint birds and has a very special connection to Vincent Van Gogh!

But in the meantime Jane and I are taking a couple of days rest. You will get some light reading to keep you in touch with the World of Art.