Jean Hirons focuses on landscape, seeking underlying abstract patterns of value and color. Jean is very much influenced by her surroundings and considers herself a “seasonal” painter, even when working in her studio. She works solely in pastel and is an avid promoter of the medium. She likes to work on textured surfaces in order to give her work added boldness.
Jean grew up in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, a coastal town near Cape Cod. She returns several times a year to paint and visit family and many of her pictures are from this area. She has resided in Maryland since 1976 and enjoys painting the farmland of rural Maryland and Virginia, as well as Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Jean retired from a successful career at the Library of Congress in 2003 in order to pursue pastel. She holds a BFA from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, and has studied with a number of the leading pastel artists in the U.S. She is a signature member and president of the Maryland Pastel Society (Oct. 2007-Oct. 2009). She teaches pastel painting at Montgomery College in Rockville.
Jean is a member of Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD and an exhibitor at the Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown, MD. Her paintings have won many awards.
6 Radurn Ct.
Rockville, MD 20850
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