Jeff Hein

UPCOMING MASTERS: “Painting a Dynamic Portrait” With Jeff Hein MA05

Dates: 10/21/2019 – 10/25/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Jeff Hein
Rate: $650

There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s composition and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principle associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter.

Jeff and students will each do a single portrait over the duration of the workshop. Each morning Jeff will demonstrate. Students will paint in the afternoons. The goal will be for students to witness and learn the entire process Jeff uses to complete a portrait. REGISTER TODAY!!!


Jeff Hein was born in New Windsor, New York in 1974. He began studying drawing at Ricks College in 1992 under Gerald Griffin. In 1997, after a 4 years off 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 also studied painting and drawing. Hein began a full time 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 renowned artists including Steven Assael.

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 2nd place in the National Portrait society’s portrait competition, 2nd place in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center’s salon and first place in Springville Museum of Art's annual Spring Salon. Jeff has served as a faculty artist for the Portrait Society of America Portrait Conference from 2013-17. In 2007 Hein founded the Hein Academy of Art in Salt Lake City where he trains 12 apprentices in the naturalist tradition of Painting. Hein is known for his portraits, multi-figure narrative and scriptural paintings. His work also includes complex large scale still-life works and sculpture.

Hein strongly values handmade things, in other words, thing made without the aid of machines. He feels that art can tell a story about the life of its creator, and his subjects, especially if that artist’s process involves a pure and intimate relationship with his subject matter. Hein works only from life or imagination in his paintings. He sees each painting as a personal record of his experience with his subject, whether that be a person, animal, landscape or just his imagination. To him a painting or sculpture should be more than just a beautiful object. It should be the product of the artist’s experience. Each piece of art should carry a piece of the artist’s, and subjects’, history by embodying the events that led to its creation.

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