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 (the then-standing) 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.

My work has been purchased by designers, artists and collectors across the United States. I have been in many juried shows and recently was honored to have a portraits of mine juried into a show by the American Impressionist Society and included in the quarterly newsletter of the Portrait Society of America.

Even though I am now a serious and relatively experienced painter, I remain a student of painting. I insist on always learning and experimenting. Otherwise, you’re just treading water. I’ve studied with Erin Scott, a fine painter and professor at OCC who helped me improve my mental game. In the last two years, I’ve also taken transformative workshops with living greats Jon Redmond and Carolyn Anderson. They are both still in my head, which is about the biggest compliment I can give any instructor.

As a metro Detroiter, I can often be found painting 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, especially during the pandemic.  Thanks for looking.

Exhibits/Awards/Notices:

American Impressionist Society, Associates Online Exhibition (juried), May 2021

Oil Painters of America, juried in as Associate, March 2021

Member Show, Northville Art House, March 2021

Second Place, Palette & Brush monthly jury, March 2021

Honorable Mention, The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, Jan. 2021

Second Place, Palette & Brush monthly jury, January 2021

Small Works Show, Northville Art House, November 2020

First Place, Palette & Brush Club monthly jury, October 2020

Portrait Society of America, my quarantine portrait selected for their quarterly newsletter

Quarantine 2020, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Spring/Summer 2020

Quarantine Self-Portait Show, Portrait Society of America, Summer 2020

Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, February 2020

Sketch Session Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Spring 2020

Student Show, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, February 2020

Palette & Brush Club monthly jury, 7 awards through 2019 and 2020, including three First Places and two Second Place

The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2019.

First Prize, Palette and Brush Club Fall Exhibit, Dearborn, MI, Oct/Nov 2019.

Student Showcase, Flint Institute of Arts, June – September, 2019.

“Wild” Juried Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, June 2019.

Our Town, Birmingham Community House, Birmingham, MI, May 2019.

Member Show, Northville Art House, Northville, Michigan, March 2019.

Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, February 2019.

The Palette & Brush Club Exhibit, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, Feb 2019.

The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2018.

Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, September 2018.

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.

Solo and Two-Person 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)

Other Professional Affiliations:

American Impressionist Society, Associate Member

Oil Painters of America, Associate Member (juried)

Palette & Brush Club, Marketing Director, 2019 – present

The Scarab Club, Board Member, 2019 – 2020

The Scarab Club, Member

Plein Air Troupe, SE Michigan

Independent Painters, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Group of Ten, Member, Birmingham, Michigan

Plein Air Artists of Western Michigan, annual retreats 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021

Northville Art House, Member

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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