About

I began drawing and painting in early 2013 following the death of my beloved grandmother. Losing her was gut wrenching, but it did make me appreciate that life is short. I stopped putting off things. I went to Paris for the summer. Painted in the shadow of Notre Dame and in the gardens of the Louvre. It was life-changing.

Since then, I’ve done thousands of figure drawing17016088_10155112038578281_1059053838233489280_o (1)s and hundreds of paintings, as well as redoing many of them obsessively, lol. There is no shortcut to being an artist; I wish there were. But in my experience, moving forward as a painter only happens through constant hard work, an open mind, an obsessively critical eye and resiliency.

In 2015, I was surprised and humbled to be offered my first solo exhibit at the historic Scarab Club of Detroit, just steps from the famed Detroit Institute of Arts. A gallery show was crucial for helping me to see that my hard work was paying off. I am especially grateful to those who have supported my work by buying it – a decision to bring it into their homes and their lives.

Portraits, figurative work, still lifes and landscapes … I paint them all, mostly in oil and occasionally in soft pastel, though I’ve recently started dabbling in watercolor. I’ve studied frequently with nationally recognized artist Vianna Szabo, who’s been a generous and valuable influence. Another instructor who’s helped me think and find my voice:  Erin Scott, a fine painter and professor at OCC.

As a metro Detroiter, I like to paint plein air on beautiful Belle Isle, quietly singing along to the bell tower, which chimes “Look for the Silver Lining.” Painting is my silver lining.  Life is good.

Solo Exhibits:

Student Solo Show, Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Winter 2016

Cool & Warm, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2015 (with co-exhibitor Scott Dolan)

Juried Exhibits:

The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2017.

Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2017.

The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, December 2016. 

The Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, February 2016.

Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Fall 2015.

Our Town, Birmingham Community House, Birmingham, Michigan, October 2015.

Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, February 2015.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Student Show, Birmingham, Michigan, Spring 2014.

Other:

Scarab Club Sketch Session artists, active member and occasional session moderator

Plein Air Troupe, when there’s time!

Plein Air Artists of Western Michigan, annual retreats 2015, 2017

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jeanne,
    Thank you for following my humble art blog – and for this opportunity to find and follow yours. I love your work and colourful, painterly style! I am looking forward to catching up on your posts going backwards and going forward! 🙂
    Cheers,
    Lorraine

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    • Thank you so very much, Lorraine. I found your work to be very beautiful and also skillful, so, naturally, I had to follow. Look forward to your future blog posts as well. Now, I’m off to paint plein air with my new setup. I see a blog post/review to come, ha!

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  2. Hi Jeanne. I’m not sure if Treena passed along the news but I purchased your painting “Reflections” after seeing it at the Scarab Club exhibition on Monday night. I really liked the mixture of colors, the brush strokes and the shades on Diago’s white jacket. I don’t often buy art but I kept coming back to your painting during the evening (I was there for a fundraiser for Syrian refugee families) and ultimately decided it was something I would regret later if I didn’t buy it. So, thank you for creating something so appealing. Best. Dave

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    • She did. Treena’s great about keeping artists informed. Thank you so much for buying it and for the kind words, David; I’ve marked it sold. I was told by another artist that someone else viewing the show later wanted to buy it, so … you whatever that voice was that told you to go for it, it was a good instinct. It’s one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done. Diago is a fellow artist. I always find him to be sweet and kind, and I just found the whole mood he brought that day so compelling. I’m hoping he comes back. Thanks for supporting the work of living artists in Detroit.

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