Growing up in scenic Northwest New Jersey greatly influenced Jean's art work from an early age. Trips to Canada, Adirondacks, Maine and working at Rutgers U environmental camp furthered her love of the outdoors and influenced painting subject matter.
Education includes a BS from U of Rhode Island ('72) and an MAE from RI School of Design ('89). In 1996 Jean studied "The Major Paintings of Winslow Homer", Syracuse U.
Painting instructors have been Betty Lou Schlemm, Cape Ann, John Loughlin, RI, and currently, Judy Taylor and Philip Frey, ME. Jean taught high school art in RI and watercolor workshops in RI and on Mount Desert Island. She has juried into numerous art shows and won awards in sculpture, pen & ink, photography and watercolor plus has illustrated several booklets.
Since retiring to Southwest Harbor ME in 2012, Jean's work has been exhibited at Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Northeast Harbor Library, Jesup Library, Quietside Gallery, Shaw Gallery and ArtWaves.