|TITLE:||AUTUMN LIGHT, C&O CANAL|
|SIZE:||20″ x 16″|
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A native of the New England coast, Jean Hirons has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1976. She worked as a librarian for thirty years, the last twenty at the Library of Congress. In 2003 she retired to pursue a career in pastel painting. Since that time, she has become a popular teacher, author of an acclaimed book on the subject, and a noted colorist and master of the use of light in her pastel paintings.
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Jean is a landscape painter with a focus on buildings in the landscape. Beginning with the domestic architecture of New England, she branched out to the farms of the Mid- Atlantic, and now paints the urban scene in Washington and Frederick. Hirons enjoys the juxtaposition of hard lines with the softer forms of nature. And, painting buildings gives her a chance to explore color. She frequently works from black and white photographs in order to create pleasing color palettes and paintings that sing.
Jean says, “In over 25 years of painting with pastel, three things have become most important to me: composition, harmonious color, and a strong sense of light. Regardless of the subject matter, these are the qualities that I believe make a painting successful. I consider myself to be a painterly realist. My subjects are all based in reality but I have no desire for photographic representation. I want my paintings to look like paintings!”
Hirons’ paintings have won numerous awards and Jean now holds signature status in the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is the past president of the Maryland Pastel Society.
Jean Hirons taught pastel at Montgomery College from 2005-2012 and now teaches in her studio at Artists and Makers Studios 2 in Rockville. In 2012, she published her book, Finding Your Style in Pastel, based on her experience of teaching the medium at MC. She loves to work with others and share her love of the medium and the joys of painting the landscape.