What intrigues me most about painting is capturing an everyday moment or ordinary object in an extraordinary way and elevating it to a work of art. I find inspiration in the works of John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell who were masters at this and strive to express this quality in my paintings.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a professional artist, but it took a life threatening brain aneurysm in 2002 to provide the wake up call I needed to get started. Since then so many opportunities have come to me that I know it wasn't coincidental - God has blessed me in countless ways.
One of those blessings was my next door neighbor in Roswell, Georgia, Ann Marshall Bailey. An accomplished artist, Ann became my mentor. I began my studies by meeting with other artists each week at the Roswell Community Art Center under the direction of artist, Kip Rogers. After a year, I built a studio in my home and studied with nationally acclaimed artists Thomas V. Nash and Bill Davidson.
My first portrait painting in oil, Corey at Destin was of a friend's son, playing on the beach. I entered it into a Portrait Society of Atlanta's exhibition. Although this painting was more figurative in nature than a portrait, it was accepted and I became a finalist in that exhibition. Through the years I continued to be successful in many PSA exhibitions and became a Juried Member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta.
Painting is very personal to me. When I am commissioned to create an oil painting, I understand how important the subject is to my client. My goal is to convey that special quality in a way that will be treasured and enjoyed for many generations.
In 2012, I moved my studio from Roswell and now live in the heart of Georgia's lake country and find a world of ideas every day just beyond my window.
- Jean Scanlin Wright