|Biography from Gary Wallace Auctioneers:|
|The following information is excerpted from a the book, Flowering Trees and Shrubs:The Botanical Paintings of Esther Hein by Peter Shaw Ashton and Judith Leet: |
Heins . . . [had] a long career devoted to art, first as a freelance
commercial artist and then as a botanical painter. Aspiring to become a
serious painter as a young woman, she graduated from the Massachusetts
School of Art (now the Massachusetts College of Art) in 1929 with a
degree in art education--the practical direction winning out over the
ideal. . . . She turned her attention to commercial art and for many
years worked as a freelancer; she attribut[ed] her ability to draw
quickly and accurately to these years.
Meanwhile, she continued
to study privately with Ernest L. Major, her professor at the
Massachusetts School of Art, and briefly, during summers, with other
teachers, including Oskar Kokoschka. She painted oils and watercolors
mainly of landscapes and orchards, often in Marblehead and Rockport,
Esther Heins turned her attention to botanical
illustration after she showed her sketchbook to the head of exhibits at
the Boston Public Library, and he invited her to have an exhibition
devoted to botanicals.... She spent ... two years preparing for her
first one-person exhibition.
Her work has appeared nationwide in
group exhibitions--at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.; the Hunt
Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and often with
the Guild of National Science Illustrators. She also exhibited at the
Rockport Art Association and the Boston Museum of fine Arts..
Her watercolors of plants introduced into cultivation by the Arnold Arboretum are reproduced in Flowering Trees and Shrubs: The Botanical Paintings of Esther Heins (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987)."
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