Born in Tennessee, 1933
Born in Tennessee
in 1933, Don Hazen studied engineering before turning seriously to painting.
He worked under muralist Dan Chapin Ralph Bagley of the Orlando (Florida)
Institute of Art, and portraitist Robert Anderson. Upon completion
of his studies in the early 1960, Mr. Hazen traveled through Europe, eventually
finding his "spiritual" home in Spain. He decided to
make Spain his permanent home, married and settled in Alicante.
Since he has now lived on the Mediterranean coast for
30 years, Mr. Hazen has absorbed into his psyche the brilliant
sun and vibrant colors surrounding him. Bold, singing colors
laid on thickly with the palette knife, envelops the semiabstract
to abstract forms which Hazen employs on his canvases. His
paintings are filled with a contagious energy and vitality generated
by the hot oranges, fuchsias, cobalt, beaten gold, scarlet and
emeralds, which he uses, in a kaleidoscope of light and life.
Don Hazen work has been exhibited widely in Spain and
Mexico as well as in the United States. He is represented
in the permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Art of
Daytona Beach, Florida, and the Museum Casa de la Cultura, Guadalajara,