Jeff Hein

Website
www.jeffhein.com
Medium
Oil

Jeff Hein was born in New Winsdor, New York in 1974. He began studying drawing at Ricks College in 1992 under Gerald Griffin. In 1997, After a 4 year sabbatical to serve a mission and battle cancer, Hein resumed his studies in painting and drawing at Salt Lake Community College under Rick Graham and Rob Adamson. From 1998-2002 Jeff attended the University of Utah where he studied fine art. Hein began a fulltime painting career in 2002. From 2008 to late 2010 Hein took a 2.5 year sabbatical to devote to personal study and exploration of naturalist painting techniques. Hein has also taken workshops from Steven Assael and Brian Mark Taylor.
Hein has been written up in numerous magazines and newspapers including “American Art collector”, “Fine Art Connoisseur”, “Arts and Antiques” and “Jetset Magazine”. His work has appeared on the covers of “American Art collector”, “Art Calendar” and two years of the annual Spring Salon Catalog of the Springville Museum of Art (SMOA). His work has also been shown in prestigious locations such as the Utah Museum of Fine Art, The SMOA and the Salmagundi Club in NY. It has been included in many prestigious collections including that of the SMOA, John Huntsman Sr., Mitt and Ann Romney, Senator Gordon Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeff has won numerous awards including, most recently, 2nd place in the National Portrait society’s 2014 portrait competition, and 2nd place in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center’s 2014 salon. Jeff served as a faculty artist in the 2013 and 2014 Portrait Society of America Portrait conference. In 2007 Hein founded the Hein Academy of Art in Salt Lake City, where he takes on up to 16 apprentices who he trains in the naturalist tradition of Painting.
Hein strongly values handmade things, in other words, thing made without the aid of machines. He feels that art can tells a story about the life of its creator especially if that artist intimately experiences his subject matter. This is why Hein is passionate about working only from life or imagination in his work. He sees each painting as a personal record of his experience with that person, animal, landscape and even with his thoughts alone. To him a painting/sculpture is about more than the finished product but about the journey through its creation.