Hazel Hanvey was born in North Mississippi and grew up in the Mississippi delta. She was the middle daughter of Joe and Frances Logan. Growing up on a small farm with a loving family, she played in the school band and sang in chorus. Hazel always loved art because her older sister was an accomplished artist, even in high school. Hazel never attempted oils but did do some work with chalk, pen and ink, and was on the high school yearbook art staff.
After graduating from high school, she attended college in Tennessee and finished college in California at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she married her childhood sweetheart and began her teaching career in Huntsville, Alabama. She and her husband, Wayne, and three small children moved to California in 1967 and lived there for thirteen years. Hazel returned to college and started working on her masters at the then A & I University. The family traveled all over the United States with friends and family for many years as the children grew up. For a short while, they lived in Alabama and she did some painting with Frances Hanvey, who is a fantastic china painter. They finally moved to Texas and made their home in the Corpus Christi area, where Hazel finally retired from teaching. Her last six years she says were her favorite because she taught high school special education students as a vocational adjustment coordinator for three school districts. After retirement, they moved up to the beautiful Hill Country near Canyon Lake, Texas.
One of Hazel’s retirement plans was to finish a novel she had started many years before, but a dear friend helped her find a renewed interest in her art again. Ms. Olga Ibarra offered to give a few of the ladies some art lessons in oils. Hazel fell in love with art; all over again. She never dreamed she could do the things Ms. Ibarra helped her create. She joined the Tejas Art Club and is really enjoying creating and learning something new with each project.
The Tejas Art Club will be displaying their arts at the Rain Bird Gallery in Blanco, Texas. Please come and visit!