Jeff Hein was born in New Windsor,New York in 1974. He began studying drawing at Ricks College in 1992 underGerald Griffin. In 1997, after a 4 years off to serve a mission and battlecancer, Hein resumed his studies in painting and drawing at Salt Lake CommunityCollege under Rick Graham and Rob Adamson. From 1998-2002 Jeff attendedthe University of Utah where he also studied painting and drawing. Hein began afulltime painting career in 2002. From 2008 to late 2010 Hein took a 2.5 yearsabbatical to devote to personal study and exploration of naturalist paintingtechniques. Hein has also taken workshops from renowned artists includingSteven Assael.
Hein has been written up in numerousmagazines and newspapers including “American Art collector”, “Fine ArtConnoisseur”, “Arts and Antiques” and “Jetset Magazine”. His work has appearedon the covers of “American Art collector”, “Art Calendar” and two years of theannual Spring Salon Catalog of the Springville Museum of Art (SMOA). His workhas also been shown in prestigious locations such as the Utah Museum of FineArt, The SMOA and the Salmagundi Club in NY. It has been included in manyprestigious collections including that of the SMOA, John Huntsman Sr., Mitt andAnn Romney, Senator Gordon Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter DaySaints. Jeff has won numerous awards including 2nd place in the NationalPortrait society’s portrait competition, 2nd place in thefigurative category of the Art Renewal Center’s salon and first place inSpringville Museum of Art's annual Spring Salon. Jeff has served as a facultyartist for the Portrait Society of America Portrait Conference from 2013-17. In2007 Hein founded the Hein Academy of Art in Salt Lake City where he trains 12apprentices in the naturalist tradition of Painting. Hein is known for hisportraits, multi-figure narrative and scriptural paintings. His work alsoincludes complex large scale still-life works and sculpture.
Heinstrongly values handmade things, in other words, thing made without the aid ofmachines. He feels that art can tell a story about the life of its creator, andhis subjects, especially if that artist’s process involves a pure and intimaterelationship with his subject matter. Hein works only from life orimagination in his paintings. He sees each painting as a personal record of hisexperience with his subject, whether that be a person, animal, landscape orjust his imagination. To him a painting or sculpture should be more than just abeautiful object. It should be the product of the artist’s experience. Eachpiece of art should carry a piece of the artist’s, and subjects’, history by embodyingthe events that led to its creation.