Jean Hirons is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society, as well as PPSCC. She has a special affinity to Cape Cod, having grown up in Mattapoisett, Mass. While she resides in Rockville, MD, she frequently visits her family in Massachusetts and her favorite subject matter for paintings are the towns and scenery of the South Coast of Massachusetts.
The architecture of New England has always been a deep source of inspiration and she often features buildings in her paintings. For Jean, the simple beauty of New England houses speaks to the soul of its people. She also loves the countryside of Maryland and Virginia, with its rolling hills and farmland, all too quickly disappearing to development.
Jean has been painting exclusively in pastel since retiring from the Library of Congress in 2003. She loves pastel for its vibrancy and the many ways in which it can be applied. She prefers using an underpainting and working over it with soft pastel, but employs a number of techniques, believing that the end result is more important than the technique.
Jean loves teaching pastel as much as she loves painting. She is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, where she teaches a class in pastel, and is the past president of the Maryland Pastel Society. She also gives workshops during the summer and special classes in a variety of locations. Her paintings have won many awards and can be seen on her website (www.jeanhirons.com) and at Collyer’s Gallery in Mattapoisett. She is also a member of the Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD.