As I approach 30 years of creating and teaching professionally I am struck at the stories and memories that my work holds. My commitment to painting giving way to craft and making, as my children came into my world. My dabbling in whimsical remaking and transforming forgotten objects. My return to painting and then coming back to oils as my children grew and my studio was outside in San Diego. My teaching and painting skills grew and I took on larger works and accepting my love of "landscape" and abstracted landscape. In my Image Gallery you will find some of these stories that I place in landscape and painting. They are held there and then released for you to enjoy and add your own stories and memories to! For more images or information please contact me.
Fractured Spaces and Sand Castles
This is a series of rocks and fractured spaces. I am working from my happy place between realism and abstraction, and in the familiar spaces of the West Coast, as I push and pull the Duplexity of life. They are spaces of meditation, solace, foundation and history. They are spaces of Grief and Joy, Anxiety and Calm, Strength and Weakness. Interested in showing my work or purchasing? Contact me for PDF's of these images and more, I'd be glad to share. Jeanseauarts@gmail.com
The Structure of Religion
This series started in 2018 and reflects my struggle with the structure of the religion I grew up with and the reality of beauty and nature that nurtures me. I am fascinated by these buildings and religious structures we create, trying to define mystery and get it right, only to watch nature overcome and wear them down. Many of the buildings in this series are medieval churches from Bosnia and Serbia. These works are in both oil on canvas and charcoal/mixed media on paper.
The Pacific Northwest is my home. The light on a leaf, or the sound of a creek will forever capture me. I grew up on the side of a forest outside of Oregon City with the river in the front and the smell of trees everywhere. As I walk and hike around my home I am taking pictures, looking, and sketching. These form the basis of my beginnings and then I walk away into the memory or line, color, texture and emotion.
Felting and Small Works
I felt, stitch, sew, weave and make. Sometimes I make enough of these little things to share them with you! I'm working on listing these on the sites store or find me at first Friday or small events around Salem.