Her work is a mixture of the exotic and the ordinary. Elephants at a waterhole or the Landrover in the Okavango swamps hang alongside water-colours of the remnants of tea, or coffee, or a croissant. Her work has a vibrancy which relies on a sparklingly clean use of water-colour and a flawless technique. Sue Reynold of the Observer has said of her: "For me the essential Hazel Soan is her talent, like the miller's daughter turning flax into gold, for making the apparently simple into the truly special." Hazel says: "If I could wish for anything from and for my paintings, it is that the pleasure and excitement I receive from seeing my subjects would be similarly experienced by those who later view my paintings."
Her work is held in private and public collections in England, Australia, the USA, Venezuela, Africa, Japan, France and Spain. She has also received national media coverage on many television shows and has presented her own series of programmes on the way in which to paint in water-colour for Anglia TV, which was shown across the UKs ITV network.