Born and raised in a small town in Oregon, Jean Hildebrant found herself drawn to the beauty of art at the exceptionally early age of three. With a love for art growing within, Jean spent most of her free-time drawing to develop her gift. As her personal style began to develop, she discovered that she especially enjoyed portrait and figurative painting, working in oil and pastel mediums.
Jean's favorite subject is the human soul. She desires to capture the essence and inner beauty of the human spirit through the use of light and color.
Jean has taught for many years and enjoys passing the knowledge she has received so generously, from great artists, on to her students. She is currently an instructor at the Scottsdale Artists School and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Michael.
Jean is an award-winning Arizonan with an established national reputation. Her oils and pastel works have been featured in many respected publications (North Light Books, National Geographic, and Pastel Journal Magazine, for example.) She paints realism with the purpose of leaving an indelible impression.
Jean has exhibited and won numerous awards in local and national shows. Among these accomplishments are the Pastel Journal Magazine’s "Pastel 100" competition placing first, fourth and honorable mention in the portrait/figure category; the Pastel Society of America’s National Annual Exhibition, New York, NY ( B. & V. Giffuni Purchase Award); Pastel Society of America’s Master Pastelist and Award Winner Exhibition, Kentucky; First place in the Richeson75 Competition; BoldBrush Outstanding Pastel Award; and four times receiving Best of Show in the Arizona Pastel Artists Association Exhibitions; Best of Show and Purchase Award in the Oregon Pastel Society Exhibition and Best of Show in the Portrait Artists of Arizona Exhibitions.