Title: ""Me & Tina at Antioch"
Media: acrylic & ink
Bio: For 24 years Jean worked in the Creative Department of Antioch
Publishing Company, the last 12 as the Creative Director. Now retired,
and her two sons nearly grown and on their own, Jean is able to join her
artist husband Lance in the pursuit of her personal artwork out of
their home studio in Yellow Springs. Her formal art career began at the
Columbus College of Art and Design, where a BFA degree, and LOTS of
knowledge and training was obtained. Moving on to the University of
Cincinnati for an MFA in drawing, Jean created mounds of drawings and prints,
exhibiting mostly in the Columbus, Chicago, and Cincinnati areas in
various individual, group, and invitational shows. Locally she once had a
solo show at the former Center Stage gallery.
Statement: The majority of my artwork comes about through the wielding
of my ink pen on a blank sheet of paper, although I love the lushness
of color and paint itself, and occasionally indulge in a painting. The
essence of my work is the spontaneous creativity I am involved in
during it's formation. Thar is why the drawing media is most appropriate to
me - a painting relies more heavily on some planning, some vision of
how it will complete itself and how the colors will play on one another.
As I begin a drawing, no matter it's size or how ambitious, I allow
personal influences and reactions to a given photograph or image (my
'subject') to guide it's recreation on my page. Sometimes the interest is
inherent in the expression or pose of the subject. Other times through
its multiplication or repetition the meaning is expanded or changed.
Once a drawing or painting begins to project a definate mood or present
unique possibilities, I begin making decisions as to the best solutions
to express whatever is emerging. While I explore many formal elements -
space, contrast, texture, etc. - continually in my work, the use of the
human element allows it to surpass a formalistic or aesthetic exercise.
I like to believe that each viewer has a personal and possibly unique
reaction to each of my drawings or paintings; much as they would when
meeting a new person, or studying a stranger in public. I can begin to
suggest something more sometimes through the use of a title, but I really
would rather the viewer create their own story.
Upcoming Exhibit for June 2008-2009
Title: Can I Keept It
As a young girl I grew up on a poultry farm. None of the chickens and roosters were ever pets - it was a research farm. The notion of this young girl finding and wanting this chicken as her own is fairly humorous to me. The contrasting visual and actual textures and shapes between the girl and the fowl set up an interesting painting experience. Unlike my husband, Lance, I am not used to painting animals EVER! I could never get into the detail of the animal like I could the human face and hands, but I made the attempt in “Can I Keep It?”. What story does the multiplication set up for you?