Erin Hanson earns Best in Show award

“Desert in Color” by Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson earns Best in Show award

Scripps Ranch resident Erin Hanson joined more than 50 prominent female artists to share her vision of the American West at the Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West exhibition – held at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, this spring. At the end of the show, Hanson’s landscape painting “Desert in Color” was awarded “Best in Show” by the exhibition judges.

Cowgirl Up! is a special exhibition that highlights the works of 50 female artists creating Western art today. Erin Hanson has participated in this annual exhibition, put on by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, for several years. In 2018 her work was awarded “First Place, Two Dimensional on Canvas” and she was honored to receive another recognition by the judges this year.

From March 29 to May 12, Hanson’s paintings were exhibited alongside the works of many other skilled artists, each piece casting new light on the beauty of the American West.

When asked why the judges chose Hanson’s piece for this prestigious award, Jean Ann Myers, education assistant at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, stated: “The Cowgirl Up! judges selected ‘Desert in Color’ for the ‘Best in Show’ award for the movement Erin demonstrated in her impressionist interpretation of a desert landscape. They were intrigued by the continuous flow of her brush strokes, her use of texture, and the color in the clouds, which all contributed to the fluidity of the piece.”

“Desert in Color” is now on display at The Erin Hanson Gallery, 9705 Carroll Centre Road. Gallery hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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