Ms. Hyland’s art career budded with a BFA degree from University of New Hampshire in figurative sculpture and drawing followed by studies at École des Beaux Arts, France. After years in commercial design, she returned to her Fine Art sculpture roots in Colorado, participating in Loveland Sculpture Invitationals and Sedona Sculpture Walks. Jeanne adopted watercolor as her medium after moving to California where she taught at Brand Library Studios, the LA Academy of Figurative Art, and Learning & Product Expo (Pasadena). Jeanne now teaches locally in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Artisan’s ART Spot and “Creative Fusion” Expo and other locals nationally and internationally.
Ms. Hyland is serving on the Board of Directors of National Watercolor Society, and is a member of numerous watercolor and national art organizations; American, National, and Valley Watercolor Societies, Portrait Society of America, and a signature member of Watercolor West, Women Artists of the West and New Mexico Watercolor Society.
Her work has been exhibited in “Eau en Couleurs”, International Watercolour Biennial (Guest of Honour), American and National Watercolor Societies, Watercolor West (2014 Juror's Award), San Diego Watercolor Society (2006 Ana Drobnies Award), Valley Watercolor Society, WAOW, Inc. (1st & 2nd Place), and New Mexico Watercolor Society shows (Best of Show 2014 & various other awards). She is included in the International Artist Publication: How Did You Paint That? 100 ways to paint still lifes and florals Vol. II and is a contributor to a 2013 North Light book by the late Maggie Price, Creative Freedom.
National Watercolor Society: present & past Board of Directors
Watercolor West: Signature Member
American Watercolor Society
Portrait Society of America
WAOW, Inc. : Signature Member
(Formerly Women Artists of the West)
New Mexico Watercolor Society: Signature Member
Southwestern Watercolor Society
Valley Watercolor Society
Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Creative Freedom: 52 Art Ideas, Projects and Exercises to Overcome Your Creativity Block by Maggie Price. Contributing artist. Northlight Books.
Winner of the Creativity Workshop Challenge. Northlight Books, February '09 issue of Watercolor Artist for her painting Poppies.
Playboy Roses painting featured in: How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Lifes and Florals. International Artist Magazine. 2005.
The love of nature’s beauty, energy, and form in tandem with an intense palette are apparent in my artwork.
I work both from life and from photographs—often a combination of the two. I get much more direct emotional response working from life. With photo references I can better enhance and recompose elements to my liking.
To set the overall tone, I often start with rough “blocking in” or intuitive flows of color and work from there. I exaggerate and simplify shapes to bring a painting to life. With bold color I intensify a subject’s energy and mood. Watercolor allows me to paint quickly and with great flexibility.
Capturing the gesture, the inner character, of my subjects is my primary focus. I want to convey the sense of fascination that I feel with human nature or natural beauty and the mystery of nature. Closely observing the light and colors of nature brings me a connection to the world around me that I hope to convey to viewers and collectors alike.
SHOWS & AWARDS
2017 Portraits and Figures: A National Watercolor Exhibition: invitational show at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center. Fullerton, CA.
2016 Outstanding Watercolor. WAOW 46th National Exhibition; RS Hanna Gallery. Fredericksburg, TX.
2016 In Memory of Harry Davies Award. 7th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition. Fallbrook Art Center, CA..
2015 People's Choice Award. New Mexico Watercolor Society. Fall Exhibition. Albuquerque, NM.
2014 International Watercolor Biennial. Eau en Couleurs. Estaimbourg, Belgium.
2014 Juror's Award. 46th Annual Watercolor West Juried Exhibition, Brea, CA.
2014 Asel Art Supply Award. Southwestern Watercolor Society 51st Membership Show, Dallas, TX.
2014 Best of Show. New Mexico Watercolor Society. Spring Exhibition. Albuquerque, NM.
2014 First Place. WAOW’d in San Diego, CA Women’s History Museum, CA.
2013 45th Annual Watercolor West International Exhibition. Brea, CA.
2013 Awards. New Mexico Watercolor Society Spring and Fall Exhibitions. Albuquerque, NM.
2013 Richeson 75th International Art Competitions Figure/Portraits.
2013 American Watercolor Society, 146th Annual International Exhibition, New York, NY.
2012 2nd Prize. WAOW’d in Texas. RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.
2011 National Watercolor Society. Donors Invitational. San Pedro, CA.
2011 Focus on Flowers. New Mexico Art League. Albuquerque, NM.
2011 A Portrait and Figure Exhibition. The Portrait Society of America & The New Mexico Art League. Albuquerque, NM.
2009 National Watercolor Society. Annual All Member Exhibition. San Pedro, CA.
2007 WAOW Juried Show + live demo at the Hilligoss Gallery. Chicago, IL.
2007 Portrait Artist Face-Off. Demonstrating artists: Jeanne Hyland, Qiang Huang, Andres Orlowski, Robert Kuester, Waid Griffin and Cynthia Rowland.