Jean's interests right now are with how light and dark build form and emptiness in a picture, and how forms end and merge into the spaces around them. As a realist painter, she focuses on specific forms rather than abstract or general ones, and enjoy crafting portraits, landscapes and still life. Working outdoors or in the studio, Jean uses traditional methods to make drawings and oil paintings that she hopes to give viewers something to think about.


Jean retired recently from 35 years working in research and evaluation. Art and science each lead to transformation in their own ways. They both required a commitment to curiosity and problem solving and a joyous acceptance of failure as a learning tool.