Ever since she was a young child, Jean has loved drawing, and was always inspired by colour. She dabbled in painting throughout her life, but after her three children left home, she and her husband went to live on the coast of Wales in 1999, where at last she started to take her painting seriously. There, inspired by the beautiful scenery, she began to paint landscapes. She was often asked to paint commissions for holidaymakers, who wanted to take their wonderful holiday memories home with them! At the time she painted mainly in pastels, and occasionally in watercolour, but since their move to Plymouth in mid 2014, to live nearer to the family,
Jean has experimented a lot with other media, and currently uses mainly acrylics, sometimes with collage, mixed media and acrylic inks. Colour has always had a strong emotional resonance for Jean, and such things as a colourful sunset sky and the sparkle of sunlight on the sea always cause her spirits to rise. In particular, she is drawn to the contrast of light and shade, dark and light. Strong defined colours are her favourites, and in general she avoids muted colours.
Jean also finds fascination in patterns and mechanical structures, and has done paintings of motor bikes, steam engines and the like. Flowers, still life, portraits, dogs, and occasionally also other animals, have been subjects for her paintings. In recent months she has started to experiment with a more abstract approach. As well as currently being the Secretary of the Plymouth Watercolour Society, she is a member of the Quayside Artists and the Breakaways Art Group in Oreston, as well as the Drawn to the Valley group of artists. She exhibits regularly with these groups and in Open Exhibitions, and held a solo Exhibition in Plymouth last November.
All her adult life Jean has been a committed Christian, and she sees painting as a wonderful way to express her faith, by attempting to show beauty, colour, wonder, fascination, light and “life” in work. She seeks to reflect the love of God and the amazing world around in her paintings.