My Story

SHAPE, PATTERN, COLOR, VALUE, TEXTURE... These are the things that excite me when I interact with the world around me.  These are the tools that I draw from when I put my brush to canvas.  In a painting, these abstract elements can come together in countless combinations to create a kind of visual dance...a melody for the eyes.

Growing up in the Colorado mountains, with a father who painted, I have been intrigued by this visual dance for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until 2006 that I was seriously bitten by the painting bug!  Since that time I have studied my craft through reading and attending painting workshops with a number of nationally known artists.  One of my best teachers has been nature itself, as I have spent countless hours outdoors honing my artists eye, and painting on location, or "plein air" as it is know in the art world. 

I began teaching oil painting in 2012, and have found that I love to teach as much as I love to paint!  Passing on my knowledge and passion for paint has become some of the best hours of my week.

You can view my work in person in Lafayette, CO, at pARTiculars art gallery and teaching studio, where I also teach weekly oil painting classes.  Find out more at  Click on the exhibits page above to see other venues I am currently exhibiting in. 


-October 2012, 3 man show, Winners of Colorado Plein Air Art Show, Byers Evens House Museum, Denver, CO

-September 2012- 2nd Place- Colorado Plein Air Art Show, Denver, CO
-March 2011-Best of Show, Miniatures- Western Spirit Art Show at Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
-October 2010 From Field to Studio, Two Woman Show at Alpine Arts Center, Edwards, CO
-July 2010 PAAC Juried Art Show at Saks Galleries in Denver
-April 2010First Lady's Art Auction at the Governor's Mansion, Denver
-April 2010  Nomadas Del Arte at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, TX
-July 2009-Merit Award-  PAAC Juried Art Show at Abend Gallery
-April 2009  Nomadas Del Arte at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, TX
-July 2008- Honorable Mention-  PAAC Juried Art Show at Abend Gallery
-May 2008  Father/Daughter Art Show at Byers-Evans House Museum in Denver
-April 2008  Nomadas Del Arte at Sage Creek Gallery of Santa Fe
-November 2007- 1st place Emerging Artists- High Plein Air Art Show in Denver
-July 2007- Honorable Mention-  PAAC Juried Art Show at Angler's Art Gallery

Jeanne Hougen

Oil Painter and Art instructor