Jean was born in England, trained as a high school teacher and came to Australia in 1972. After spending her working life in the food industry in product development, as a food stylist, food writer and TAFE teacher she decided to take up painting thinking it would be a good hobby, but very soon decided to study further, training in Fine Arts and subsequently at art workshops at Willoughby and the National Art School. Painting has become her passion and she loves exploring new avenues and being involved in the local art scene.
Jean loves the process of painting using lively, gestural marks and the bigger the brush the better. Her work varies depending on the medium, but whether painting in oils or acrylics the works tend to go in and out of abstraction and relate to the surrounding landscape. An abstract expressionist approach of working captures a sense of emotion.
Jean lives and has a studio in Killcare, NSW The beautiful surrounding seascapes and landscapes are currently her source of inspiration.
Recent Exhibition summary
2019 Selected Finalist Gosford Art Prize (8th time)
Wagstaffe Hall Exhibtion
Avoca Surf Club Exhibition, 5 Lands collective
2018 Selected Finalist Gosford Regional Gallery Art Prize
Exhibitor at Republik Gallery, Ettalong
Exhibitor at Connections Exhibition at Avoca Surf Club
Member of Killcare to Wagstaffe Art Trail
2017 Selected finalist Gosford Regional Gallery Art Prize
Selected Finalist Hunters Hill Art Exhibition
Selected finalist North Sydney Art Prize.
2016 Exhibitor at Killcare Surf Club art Show
Organiser and exhibitor Art@Wagstaffe
5 Lands Art Collective Exhibition, Avoca
Selected finalist Hunter's Hill Art Prize
Group exhibition, Horizon's Gallery
Selected Exhibitor at Killcare Surf Club Art Show
2015 Exhibitor “Diversity” exhibition, Wagstaffe Hall
Selected finalist, Gosford Regional Gallery Art Prize (fourth time) Jean at Hunter’s Hill Art Prize with “Looking into Bullimah”
Group exhibition “With Intent” at Gosford Regional Gallery
Sculpture exhibition at Ku Ring Gai Sculpture Walk.
2013 Exhibition in the Foyer of Gosford Regional Art Gallery with local stainless steel sculptor John Woulfe
2012 Winner of Gosford Agricultural Show art prize
Member of Central Coast art society and 5 Lands Art Collective
Solo exhibition at HANG Gallery, Brooklyn,
Selected finalist for the Kings School Art Prize
Before moving to the Central Coast Jean exhibited 3 times at the Affordable Art Show at Fox Studios in Sydney and at group exhibitions at galleries in Balmain, Berry, North Sydney, Mosman, Manly and Willoughby.
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Jean with Towards Bullimah, Hunter's Hill Art Exhibition finalist
The Foyer Exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery