Ever since she was a child Hyn watched her mother paint in oils and knew she too wanted to be a painter. She grew up with stories about the impressionist Claude Curry Bohmn who used to rent a room from her grandmother. She also had a strong influence from the painters and sculptors Charles M. Russell and Frederick Remington. It was these that laid the foundation for Hyn's desire to become a landscape and wildlife artist.
A great debt is owed to the High School art teacher who pushed Hyn to build an art portfolio. Hyn won many art awards including two Grand Awards and six Scholastic Gold Keys, four of which were National Finalists. She worked hard running her small art studio and after four years of High School she had managed to save more than $15k of her own money to put towards college. Before graduation she was awarded multiple art merit scholarships including a major scholarship to the Pratt Institute in New York. She choose to accept the Francis Larkin McCommon Scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design where Hyn pursued a Bachelor's of Illustration and graduated Cu Laude.
She later returned to SCAD in with the Propes Fellowship to study for a Masters in Painting. While there, two of her paintings were admitted into public collections. A small painting called 'Fort Mcallister Earthworks' was purchased by the Regions Bank on Bull Street, and a large oil painting called 'Evening Pines II' was purchased by the Savannah College of Art and Design for the college's Permanent Collection. Many other paintings were also sold from her studio at Alexander Hall on River Street. Hyn also participated in many shows while at SCAD including the Big Picture Show and the Small Works shows multiple years. After her Master's Thesis Show she was awarded a full scholarship to study as a guest artist in the The People's Republic of China for two years.
After returning home Hyn operated her art studio for a number of years accumulating more than 2,500 pieces in private collections in more than 30 countries of the world - until life threw a curve ball. For the next several years Hyn struggled with health issues, depression, and financial strain. Several close deaths in her family and her husband's further deterred any desire to return to her art studio.
Hyn eventually got briefly back on her feet while her husband pursued his PHD. She began teaching painting classes and to produce new paintings. Several of her oil paintings were framed and featured at a Michaels stores and a large oil painting was purchased by a UGA coach.
In 2013 disaster struck again in a motorcycle accident that left her bedridden for nearly 6 months. It took a year for Hyn to learn to walk again and left her limping for years after. When her husband graduated from UGA with his PHD time was spent assisting family and then relocating to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Currently Hyn lives with her husband and son in the mountains south-west of Asheville where water falls and mountains abound. She has officially reopened her art studio with a public space located at Foundation Studios (and gallery) in the River Arts District of Asheville. Covid shut that down for the summer of 2020. This autumn Hyn's work will be hung in the Asheville Gallery of Art, downtown. Goals include issuing gilcee limited print editions and the resumption of national juried art show competitions. The artist enjoys hiking, motorcycling, flowering plants, traveling out West and photography. The primary focus of her work is on local North Carolina Appalachian landscape and animals with occasional plein air trips to more distant locations. Hyn's preferred mediums are oil, soft pastel, and watercolor with ambitions of returning to wildlife sculpture.
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