Artist Biography - Jean Haines
Jean Haines SWA Society for Women Artists International watercolorist, well known for her passion for working in her favourite medium, watercolour.
Having lived and travelled in many countries this popular artist has had the opportunity to develop her skills creating incredible paintings whilst under the influence of masters from many countries including Asia, the Middl...e East and Europe.
Living in China was a time when studying brush control had the greatest impact on the evolvement of Jeans style. Later working with artists from India and Pakistan introduced vibrant colours in her results compared to her previous more quiet watercolours created whilst living in Europe. The combination of East meets West in her style is unavoidable and to be enjoyed. Free flow of water along with no fear of working directly minus the use of a preliminary sketch leads.
Jean to amazing results that often leave viewers of her working in awe. Light and the use of beautiful colour along with the ability to take any ordinary subject and turn it into an extraordinary painting with consistently unique results is what many artists aspire to achieve.
Furthermore Jean has the ability to install enthusiasm and inspirational motivation in all around her. Paintings by Jean can be found in homes all over the world. Favourite subjects are highly sought after from galleries as are places on her ever growingly popular workshops. These are always restricted in number of places to ensure the value for those attending.
Jean is a member of the SWA, Society for Women Artists, and won the Anthony J Lester Award in 2009 during the SWA Annual Exhibition where her work was likened to Joseph Crawhalls from the famous Glasgow Boys. She regularly writes for art magazines and exhibits in a number of galleries.
“Jean Haines, a favourite artist with a unique style and an ever growing following of watercolour fans. This artist of today will surely be a memorable famous artist of the future.”
From 1989 to 2006 Jean lived around the world in France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Belgium. During this time she spent many years touring Asia and the Middle East. Japan, China, Bali, Thailand, Guam, The Phillipines, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, USA, Africa, Egypt and many more wonderful countries have influnenced her watercolours. Although Jean now lives in England travelling is still a major part of her art career.
Jean's painting style is loose, expressive and her works are filled with colour and personality, embracing a range of subjects. Her subjects includes flowers, animals, people and places - all influenced by the countries and cities she's lived in and the people she's met during her life time.
After a successful career, exhibiting her work internationally Jean decided to publish a book called Jean Haines World of Watercolour". The book displays Jean's passion for the distinctive, exciting world of watercolour and acts as the ultimate guide to her influences, style and work. The book has been a massive success and Jean has continued to flourish as an artist since its realise in 2012.
List of Exhibitions:
2000 First Solo Exhibition, Hunar Gallery, Dubai
2004 Brush with the World, Solo Exhibition, Hunar Gallery, Dubai
2006 Elected as Exhibiting Member of Farnham Arts Society
2006 Farnham Arts Society, Autumn Exhibition, Frank Pullen Award
2007 Talents in Harmony, Phoenix Art Gallery, Hampshire
2008 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2008 Summer Exhibition, Bronze Gallery with John Yardley RI, Richard Sorrell PRWS, RBA, NEAC
2009 Spring Exhibition with Richard Sorrell PRWS, RBA, NEAC, Bronze Gallery
2009 Elected as an Associate Member of the SWA, Society of Women Artists.
2009 Annual Society of Women Artists Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London Winner of the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award
2009 Peter Hedley Gallery SWA, Society of Women Artists’ Exhibition
2010 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Elected full member of the SWA Society for Women Artists.
2010 SWA, Society for Women Artists Annual Exhibition.
2010 “Colour and Light in Watercolour” Jeans first book launched at the Mall Galleries in London.
2010 "Celebration" Exhibition and Book Signing The Frame Gallery,Hampshire
2010 Watercolours With Life Workshops in Norway
2010 Colour and Light Exhibition , Market Street Gallery Hampshire
2010 Animals in Art Exhibition, November ,Bell Fine Art Gallery
2010 Albany Gallery Cardiff, Christmas Exhibition
2010 Wey Gallery, Godalming, Surrey. Christmas Exhibition
2010 Dogs in Art Gallery,Stockbridge Christmas Exhibition
2011 "Celebrate Spring" Exhibition The Frame Gallery, Hampshire
2011 "Watercolours With Life" Solo Exhibition, The Wey Gallery, Surrey
2011 David Shepherd "Wildlife Artist of the Year" Exhibition
2011 “Amazing Ways with Watercolour” new DVD launched with record breaking pre order sales worldwide.
2011 Dogs in Art Gallery, Hampshire Dog Portraits Collection.
2011 Painted Escapes, at Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire during Spring and Autumn. New Book
2012 "Atmospheric Watercolours" Jeans' popular book was launched in May
2012. An International Best seller, it is available from Amazon.com and various other stockists worldwide.
Jean on her book - "Jean Haines World of Watercolour":
'This week I was invited to the Annual Summer Party by my amazing publishers and it was a fantastic night to celebrate so much. I met literary agents from all over the world and leading authors too who I had not met before. Authors who work in different arts and crafts. I was thrilled to talk to the owners about the success and popularity of my books on watercolour.
But my jaw dropped when I was told that my latest book "Jean Haines World of Watercolour" has had to go for its' very first reprint already. This is incredible. It has only just been launched officially and everyone at my publishers is over the moon. As am I. But my face must have been a picture because I couldn't take the news in at first. I just stood in a stunned silence!
I had previously been told that the pre order sales for "Jean Haines World of Watercolour"broke all records for a new book and that since the launch orders for copies have flooded in. Now, as I am sat here typing this news to you I feel as though I am typing about someone else because this could not possibly be happening to me. I feel like a tiny blip in the world of art. A small, insignificant artist who just loves painting and sharing their passion for watercolour.
I feel wonderful when I work quietly in my garden. And I wake with the eagerness of a child who knows they are going to enjoy the day each morning. But to hear this incredible news has slightly knocked me for six. I am happy. No, that's an understatement. I am thrilled! Ecstatic but also a little overwhelmed. Because the more nice things people say about me the harder I work so as not to let those very same people down.
I owe the biggest thank you to every single person who has not only bought a copy of my books but also encouraged me, supported me and let me know they like what I am doing. I was told I am one of the publishers top authors. They said in a speech this week that without writers they wouldn't exist. I believe without you I wouldn't exist as an author. I wouldn't. Its' as simple as that. So you are making my dreams come true which means I must work hard to make everyone elses' dreams come true. Happiness creates happiness and it is a gift to give away. Not keep.'