Jean has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. She began painting as a hobby, and after early retirement in 1993, Jean devoted herself full-time to her love of painting. Although initially self-taught, Jean has studied with Karen Gaetz (1983-85) and Norman Brown and taken numerous work-shops with established Canadian artists such as Mike Svob, Alan Wylie, Brent Laycock, Bill Duma and Neil Patterson.
Jean’s early paintings tended to be highly realistic, however after a bout with cancer in 1995 her works have evolved into a much more abstract style. Jean’s works attempt to simplify the landforms and florals she so favours. The end result is always a brightly coloured and richly textured piece. There is a great dynamism to Jean’s paintings and Dianna Anderson, Exhibits Co-coordinator at the Red Deer Museum has said, “Jean’s work is not for the timid, it is too bold and monumental for that”. Her works are widely held in corporate and private collections across Canada, England and Australia.
Jean has been an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, where she has served on numerous committees and in executive positions, including President from May 1993 until April 1995. Jean’s paintings have been chosen for several Jurors awards with the Federation, and she won the Neil Patterson Award for her work in a Federation Exhibition at the Leighton Centre in April 1995.
Jean went on to own ‘Fosbrooke Fine Arts’ in 2002, which emerged from an artists’ coop venture into a successful, commercial gallery. The gallery’s collection as well as her own works are now represented by Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, Alberta.