Born in the United Kingdom, Hazel Soan spent her life playing with colours as she grew up and upon coming of age took a BA Honours Degree in Fine Arts at the Camberwell and Leicester Art Colleges, graduating brilliantly. In 1976, under a year since graduating she was additionally awarded the Holbrook Trust Prize from Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery and since then has continued to live on her artwork alone, with her first exhibition selling out within the first hour in London.
Since then, Soan has held over twenty-five solo exhibitions in places all over the world from the UK to Venezuela, Nambia, Zimbabwe and even South Africa. During the 90s she began to write articles and books about painting, these were published by many groups such as Search Press, Batsford and Harper Collins and her articles were featured in such magazines as Leisure Painter and The Artist.
In 1996 she additionally was offered her own TV series and she took it up, producing and hosting the show 'Splash of Colour' on Anglia Television before becoming an Art Expert on the show 'Watercolour Challenge' on Channel 4. Since then her personality and enthusiasm in the subject have called her to take on lectures all over the globe from the UK to as far afoot as the Kalahari Desert and QE2. She currently works and travels between her studios in West London and Cape Town, South Africa.