Jean was born and educated in Manchester when her interest in painting began at school. Her career in secretarial work and latterly course administration at the University of Manchester developed at the same time as raising a family of three children which kept her fully occupied. It wasn’t until early retirement to the Lake District, therefore, that Jean found the opportunity to renew her passion for painting.
Various workshops and courses were then attended in order to re-learn and develop her artistic talents. Her tutors included the late pastellist, Christopher Assheton-Stones and Tiana Marie who taught and supervised her O.C.N.W. course which she passed with distinction. Courses in botanical illustration at the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere, as well as at Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, contributed to Jean’s interest in floral painting. Membership of the Ambleside & District Art Society in which Jean has served in various capacities, continued to provide valuable inspiration, help and encouragement.
Jean’s work is varied and includes both realistic and more abstract interpretations of landscapes, buildings and flowers. She enjoys working in pen, pastel, watercolour and acrylic, choosing the type of medium inspired by the subject.
Her work has been published in the Lakeland Horticultural Society Journals and is held in private collections, both in the UK and overseas. Some of Jean’s original paintings and prints are sold through “Gallery 2” in Windermere. She regularly exhibits locally and undertakes commissions from private customers as well as local establishments such as Chillswim Ltd and The Masons Arms at Strawberry who sell the prints and handmade cards which Jean reproduces from her original paintings. Jean also sells her paintings, prints and cards at local craft fairs, including the monthly summer ‘PromArt’ event at Grange-over-Sands.
Jean may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 015394 47780 or through ‘Gallery 2’, Beech Street, Windermere, 015394 88665.