Out of tragedy, Jeanne Hyland pulled a new inspiration. The Burbank sculptor-turned-watercolor artist switched mediums five years ago when a battle with breast cancer made her too weak to lift the bronze she used for her craft.
She was two weeks out of chemotherapy in 2001 when the former ski instructor moved to Burbank. Hyland found that lugging the heavy bronze exacerbated the swelling in her right arm, a result of the surgery. So she tried watercolor, she said.
"I started taking watercolor classes and took off with the watercolor," Hyland said.
Making the transition from three-dimensional to two-dimensional artwork was a new frontier for Hyland. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, receiving a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis on figurative sculpture and drawing.