“Inspired by nature, I became interested in the architectural detail of flowers, their vibrant color and their moment in time. In my oil paintings, the petals and leaves play within the confines of the painting’s edges, allowing the viewer a peek into the serenity of the garden. These over-scaled floral portraits draw the viewer into the detail of each flower’s anatomy. Chiaroscuro is juxtaposed against the transparency of the flower, aglow with life. In my new collection of paintings, the flowers emerge as self-aware, persuading the viewer to take part in their role in time and in nature. They stand confidently, denying their own vulnerability. These flowers own a delicate strength… This oversized perspective of flowers signifies more than a representation of the literal and calls our attention to their importance within nature’s grand scheme.”
With a full scholarship and a BFA 1991 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, Jean Marie has exhibited in various national juried art competitions and has donated paintings to charities. She exhibits locally as well as at Jessica Hagen Fine Art in Newport RI and Main Street Gallery in Spring Lake NJ. Jean Marie does commissioned paintings for the interior design trade, and her artwork is in private collections internationally.
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Contemporary Realism in large scale oil on canvas