Jean's roots in rural northwest New Jersey have greatly influenced her art. Childhood trips to Canada, Maine and the Adirondacks as well as later working at Rutgers environmental camp enhanced her love of the outdoors and influenced her painting style and subject matter.
Education includes a BS from the University of Rhode Island ('72) and an MAE from RI School of Design ('89). "The Major Paintings of Winslow Homer" was the focus of an NEH Fellowship that Jean completed at Syracuse University in 1996.
Painting instructors include Cape Ann's Betty Lou Schlemm, and Judy Taylor and Philip Frey of Downeast Maine. Jean has taught high school art in RI and has led watercolor workshops in RI and Maine. She has juried into numerous art shows and won awards in sculpture, pen & ink, photography and watercolor and has also illustrated several booklets.
Since relocating permanently to Southwest Harbor, Maine in 2012, her work has hung at Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Jesup Library, NE Harbor Library, Quietside Gallery, Shaw Gallery, Smart Gallery, SW Harbor Public Library, Swallowfield and ArtWaves.