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In a crowded studio Jean closed her eyes and remembers a scene that sparked her imagination. "If I am lucky I'll have a few photographs for reference. An image, an idea, a mental snapshot can rattle around for a long time before I get a chance to put it on canvas."
"She used a palette knife to paint her oil paintings. A palette knife is like a miniature trowel. It is used in place of brushes. The paint is applied directly to the canvas in broad strokes resulting in a unique and interesting textural image. "I love painting with a palette knife. It allows me to be free, spontaneous and I cannot get bogged down in painstaking details. I don't lose that spark that inspired me."
Living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains provided her with endless inspiration for landscapes. Being a bit of a history buff she enjoyed painting the local historic cabins in Cades Cove, and Roaring Fork in the Smokies. And being a bit of a gardener, the florals are from her own yard. "I have been truly blessed. God has given me a vision and a means to express it."
Reproductions of her palette knife paintings are represented at Rocky Top Pottery and Soap, at Buie's Landing, Suite #5 in the "Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community" located in Gatlinburg, TN.
When Jean hand painted her calligraphy sayings - she used acrylics with a brush. The style of painting is called "tole painting". In addition to fine art paintings and family sayings, she also painted tin reproduction pieces, Norwegian and Slavic rosemaling wooden plates, birch clock dials, wooden accessories and much more.
In celebration of Jean's love for painting and life, I hope you can find the time to view her work at Rocky Flats Pottery and Soaps when in Gatlinburg, TN.
Thanks for visiting Stewart's Inspirations!
Autumn Cardinals - by artist J.M. Stewart