MEETING A MASTER: (from left) watercolour hobbyists Eileen Hearn-Batute, Judy McPartland, Carolyn Jones, Robyn Hughes and Jacqui McManus with (seated) internationally-acclaimed artist Jean Haines.
MEETING A MASTER: (from left) watercolour hobbyists Eileen Hearn-Batute, Judy McPartland, Carolyn Jones, Robyn Hughes and Jacqui McManus with (seated) internationally-acclaimed artist Jean Haines. Jeremy Sollars

Artist wows keen students and fans

IN the wonderful world of watercolour painting Jean Haines is revered for her ability to teach and inspire and she did not disappoint at the Emu Vale Hall at the weekend.

Around a dozen keen watercolourists enjoyed a workshop with the internationally-renowned and UK-based artist, whose sessions are typically booked out two years in advance.

Jean spends a large part of each year travelling the world spreading her passion for watercolours and imparting her techniques to budding followers of the medium.

And fans of thoroughbred racing will be familiar with her work - in particular her acclaimed paintings of Black Caviar, with racehorses one of her favourite subjects.

"I like to keep my groups fairly small - normally no more than about 12 - because if you have too many not everyone can see the demonstrations," Jean said.

"I also like to spend plenty of one-on-one time with people."

When she's not roaming the globe teaching her art Jean exhibits her own works, along with producing books and DVDs on watercolour painting.

She said it was while living in Dubai that she began teaching and it was also where she held her first solo exhibition.

"The colours and the scenery in Dubai were very different to anywhere else I had lived, and the light in Australia is very similar," she said.

"I use more water than most watercolourists and you need to in Australia because the heat dries your work more quickly."

Jean came to Emu Vale via Brisbane artist Di Kelly, who owns Frogs Hollow Country Retreat where the workshop group enjoyed dinner on Saturday evening, catered by local Mark Bradford.

Attendee Robyn Hughes - a macadamia grower from Alstonville in NSW who's been painting in watercolours as a hobby for four years - said the group was awestruck to meet and be taught by Jean, whose books and DVDs were produced for autographs.

"To meet her in the flesh has just been marvellous - she is just so warm and engaging, there's an aura about her," she said.

To view online galleries of Jean's work visit http://www.jeanhaines.com



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