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Feature Artist Bio
Jean Hirons - Amagansett
Jean Hirons - Morning on the River
Jean Hirons - House by the Tracks
Jean Hirons - Harbor Light
Jean Hirons - Lighthouse with Delphiniums
Jean Hirons - First Color, Barnet
Jean Hirons - Shore House with Loosestrife
Jean Hirons - Georgetown Canal in Summer
Jean Hirons - Late Day Light, Coulon
Jean Hirons - A Maine Summer
Jean Hirons - Afternoon Glow
Jean Hirons - Cannon Street
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary American landscape painter Jean Hirons (born 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts).
Jean Hirons has been working exclusively in pastel for over twenty years. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio) in 1970, but pursued a career as a librarian. She returned to art in the 1980’s, while working at the Library of Congress, using colored pencil and lithography. She began working in pastel in the 1990’s after a trip to Santa Fe and Taos. Since 2001, she has taken plein air landscape workshops with the leading pastel artists in the US, including Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Doug Dawson, and Susan Ogilvie. In 2003, she retired and began teaching pastel at Montgomery College, in Rockville, Maryland, where she currently resides. She independently published her highly acclaimed book, "Finding Your Style in Pastel," in 2012. Jean currently maintains a studio and teaches at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville.
Jean was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Mattapoisett, Mass. She has always been enamored by the architecture of New England, and buildings in the landscape are a major theme in her work. She continues to paint New England, but more recently has focused on the beauty of Washington, D.C. She has created a series of paintings called “The Insider’s Washington,” which features the alleys of Capitol Hill, the C&O Canal in Georgetown, and spring in the neighborhoods of DC.
Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She also holds signature membership in the Maryland Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Her work is represented by Jud Hartmann Galleries, in Blue Hill, Maine and Grafton, Vermont, and by Rogers Gallery in Mattapoisett, Mass.
She recently participated in the Art Hamptons international art fair on Long Island, NY and served as a juror for the Pastels en Perigord Salon in St.-Aulaye, France.
Recent Shows and Awards
International Association of Pastel Societies, Albuquerque, NM. Master circle show
3rd place, Maryland Pastel Society's 2015 Shades of Pastel international juried show
International Association of Pastel Societies, Vose Galleries, Boston, MA
Pastels en Perigord, Saint-Aulaye, France (invited to send three paintings, one sold)
"For Pastels Only on Cape Cod", Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
International Association of Pastel Societies, Albuquerque, NM (2 paintings accepted, 1 sold)
"Shades of Pastel", Maryland Pastel Society (all three paintings accepted)
September 24, 2016
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Jean Hirons (Born 1948)
“My landscapes include both pure landscape and those with houses, farms, or other man-made structures. When I paint a pure landscape, I am interested in the abstract flow of shapes and colors. I imagine myself walking in the landscape and enjoying the weather and scenery.
I have always favored architecture in the landscape for the interplay of hard lines and soft forms. I particularly love the houses of New England and the sprawling farms of the Mid-Atlantic states for their beauty of form and classic design.”