Artist Erin Hanson latest Painted Parks exhibition is in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial. “No matter how many times I have been to a National Park, every morning when I wake up in the campground or in a bivy sack at a backcountry camping spot, I feel a complete sense of joy and overwhelming awe of my surroundings,” the artist says . “I return from each trip with thousands of photos that I use to try to re-capture these moments of peace and beauty on the canvas.”
“I love the intense, saturated colors I see at dawn and sunset, and many of my paintings are re-imagined creations of those times of day. I use vivid colors to excite the imagination, allowing viewers to explore their own experiences and dreams of the wide outdoors,” states Hanson. “My thick, chunky style of laying on paint strokes has an impressionistic feel that makes you want to reach out and touch the canvas. I want my paintings to be as alive and vibrant as the scenery that inspired them.”
To view the painter’s energetic landscapes in person, you can visit Utah’s St. George Art Museum starting January 16 through May 28, 2016.