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Hazel was born in Woking and grew up in Surrey. From an early age she drew and painted, using whatever medium she found at hand. From her teens she knew she wished to pursue an artistic career but had no knowledge of living artists. It was only at Art College that she realized it was possible to make a life out of painting.
Within a year of her graduation she was earning her living by her paintings and soon had her first show in London, where her watercolours sold out in the opening hour. She followed this with regular exhibitions, heeding the advice of one of her College lecturers: ‘Always have an exhibition on the horizon'. He also told her to make sure she had a studio of her own, where she could work uninterrupted, and to use the freedom of an artistic life to travel in order to avoid getting into a rut. She followed all three words of advice. Since then she has had many successful solo and mixed shows mostly in London but also as far afield as Venezuela and Zimbabwe. She has a light-filled studio and gallery in West London and a studio in Cape Town, and has travelled widely throughout the world, especially in Southern Africa.
Hazel always loved the written word and began writing articles and books about painting in the 1990's. Analyzing visual practice became an interesting challenge. She has now written 10 books, mostly on watercolur, almost all published by HarperCollins. She currently writes a bi-monthly article for ‘Kunst for Alle', one of Norway's leading Art magazines and contributes articles to magazines, such as ‘The Artist' and ‘Leisure Painter'.
In 1996, with a desire to communicate her passion to a wider audience, Hazel took up the offer of her own television series ‘Splash of Colour' with Anglia TV. This propelled her into the public eye and later brought her the role as an Art Expert on Channel 4's ever popular painting program ‘Watercolour Challenge'. Her natural enthusiasm and engaging personality won the hearts of millions of viewers and her talents as a communicator made her much in demand for lectures, workshops, painting holidays and demonstrations, taking her from the QE2 to the Kalahari Desert.
Hazel's collectors are worldwide and her work is held in public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery. A significant part of Hazel's artwork is by commission, for the last 10 years she has painted the Ritz Club Calendar for the Ritz Hotel, London Many other works hang in hotels, hospitals and other public and corporate buildings, including the huge murals that grace the atrium of the Durban Hilton in South Africa and the Black Christ hanging in Nazareth House.
Over the years Hazel has made a number of video and DVD films on painting. She has recently teamed up with Townhouse TV to make her latest DVD film, ‘Watercolour Weekend', which brings together all the advice, confidence-building and encouragement that she can possibly fit into one and a half hours. Aware that many people go out painting with great expectations and high hopes yet quickly become demoralized, she has taken a weekend on the North Norfolk Coast, in some of Britain's favorite seaside locations, to show you how to approach watercolor without getting daunted, how to get the most out of the medium, the time and the location. Watching and listening to Hazel you cannot help but be inspired. Her enthusiasm is indeed contagious. Be warned, painting is addictive!
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Watercolour Weekend with Hazel Soan
Hazel Soan's Watercolour Textures