Erin Hanson transforms her landscapes into abstract mosaics of color & texture.
Her impasto application of paint lends a sculptural effect to her art.
Once Hanson began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature. Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire a huge collection of work.
Be sure to stop by her booths #214 & #215 and check out her website for more information.
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.
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, a high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art, where she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating high school at age sixteen and once again demonstrating that she was a child prodigy, Hanson next attended UC Berkeley, excelling further in her studies and creative development and 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.
Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire a huge collection of work. She visits the Colorado plateau every year, backpacking and hiking through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. Other favorite haunts include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Anza-Borrego desert. Erin Hanson transforms these landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture, her impasto application of paint lending a sculptural effect to her art. Her oil paintings stand out in a crowd, bringing a fresh new look to Western landscapes. Be sure to stop by her booth and also check out her website for more information.
Tom Marlatt creates imaginative compositions using vibrant color schemes, a variety of angular shapes, and exciting free flowing abstract forms. He applies up to ten layers of oil paint to the canvas before a painting is completed. Each painting is unique.
A resident of Los Gatos, Tom Marlatt has been an artist for many years. His work has been exhibited in major galleries in the United States and throughout the world. Five of his pieces are owned by Stanford University and are on continuous display in the Hoover Memorial building. See his work at http://www.tommarlatt.com/
Make the time to see this aspiring artist in person at the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park.
Rachel Shultz Short Biography
Rachel Shultz- born in Los Angeles, California. Mostly self taught- She was born into a family of artists and at a very young age saw her parents happy at work making art a way of life. The house was always buzzing with creativity. Several rooms in the house were devoted to the process of making art and the doors to those rooms were never closed. It was an environment ripe to inspire the young minds of Rachel and her two brothers, also painters, Adam and Josh Shultz.
Early on Rachel discovered that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and began to explore her own creative impulse. She studied Art and Art History at Santa Monica Jr. College and in her last year was awarded the mentorship scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute under Prof. Mario Barratucci. She studied there in 1996 and used her time there to explore her interest in sculpture and various other mediums before finding painting to be her true love.
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My current work is a mix of pastel drawings on monotypes. While the monotypes are the backgrounds, they make up the majority of the work in these pieces. I use photocopies of photographs, fabric, maps, things of esthetic or personal interest and pull prints from them using a lithography process. I usually do several layers with images and fields of color. This is an intuitive process, considering color, texture and composition. They have anywhere from 2 layers to 15. When I determine a print to be finished, I decide if or what to draw on it.
I am so intrigued by nature and its creatures small and large. The natural world is so much more beautiful and interesting than anything I can imagine. I am constantly looking at color, light and shadow, what lies beneath, what do I see? What don’t I see? How do I connect with it? The process of creating is my attempt to connect with the world and divine nature. Please check out my website to view my other pieces of art.
I grew up in the Midwest and in 1984 graduated with a BFA from Ball State University in Muncie IN. I traveled in Europe in 1985 and apprenticed with my uncle Wilfredo Arcay, a master printer of serigraphy in his Atelier in Paris, but really spent most of my time exploring Paris and Europe for the summer. I came to San Francisco in 1988 were I worked a myriad of jobs including picture framing, waitressing, office assistant, hardwood floors apprentice (way too hard), and ended up wandering the world for a while trying to figure out what it means to be an artist.
In 2001 I had my daughter Lucia and moved from Fairfax to Petaluma where I have been living as a full time artist since. I keep my studio in a 100+ year old chicken coop on the outskirts of Petaluma
Los Altos Rotary welcomes Ruth Carroll! A dedicated artist for the past seven years, Ruth Carroll has been recreating her visions on paintings using oil on canvas. Ruth finds inspiration in landscapes, still life and figurative work and enjoys most of all her time painting in plein air and in her studio. She has a B.F.A. from CCAC in Oakland, CA in drawing.
Please visit her booth at the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show on May 14-15th, Lincoln Park, Los Altos, Calif.