Emotion is easily observed in all of Jean’s paintings which are created in a loose style with very fine brushwork. Her use of colour, technical knowledge of pigment interaction and her passion for watercolour shine through and capture the very essence of all her subjects. The resultant paintings are a glorious burst of colour where the viewer is left to enjoy not only what they see but, just as importantly, that which they cannot see. Jean is an enthusiastic ambassador for watercolour. She has published books on working in the medium and runs workshops for students from all over the globe. In 2009 she was elected as an Associate Member of the Society for Women Artists (SWA) where she was awarded the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award for her painting Morning Calls and in 2010 she was elevated to full membership of the SWA.
Victoria Armstrong, our curator, comments
“I was captivated the first moment I laid eyes on Jean’s work. She uses watercolour in a way that almost redefines the medium – as if she has dissected the word to make the very most of its constituent parts. Her use of colour is strong, vibrant and evocative but it’s her magical use of water than gives her paintings their wonderful impressionistic edge. Painted quickly, with a carefree passion that belies her skilful precision, there is more than a whiff of the great JMW Turner about her work.
Such is the power and attraction of her paintings that, for the first time, we are not only exhibiting her dogs! This is a significant departure for the gallery. Wonderful as her dogs are (and they are really fabulous) we wanted to share a fully representational selection of her oeuvre. I’m sure when you see the exhibition collection you’ll understand why. Please do visit as our photographs simply cannot convey the potency of these paintings. Sheer joy.”
Signed copies of Jean’s latest book Atmospheric Watercolours is available from the gallery during the exhibition.