This past weekend I visited the Sawdust Arts and Crafts Festival in Laguna Beach, California. Walking through the aisles of the festival I saw lots of different artists who's work I admired and was able to talk to them about their work as well as their life as an artist. Despite all of the beautiful paintings and pieces at the festival I found the works of cheerful female artist Hedy Buzan to be my favorites.
Hedy was born in Laguna Beach, California and exposed to its rich artistic community at a young age. She went on to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz to receive her BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts) credential. Once out of college Hedy worked printing Lithographs for herself and other artists in the Santa Cruz area before joining the Peace Corps where she served in the West Indies. Her time in the Peace Core led her to pursue a job teaching drawing at the Edna Manley School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica. After spending several years abroad Hedy returned to the United States to receive her MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) at the George Washington University. Today Hedy is faculty at Saddleback Community College where she teaches several art classes in addition to spending many hours painting away in her Laguna Beach studio.
Hedy's work initially attracted me with her bold use of color and dramatic brush work. She really builds up the saturation of her blues and other various colors depending on the piece which i think is really special. Upon closer inspection and learning where Hedy studied I also really appreciate how many of her works pay tribute to the bay area painters of the mid 20th century and the "California Style" of painting. Check out her website at Hedybuzan.com