jean scanlin studio.

biography.

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.

Jean Scanlin Wright

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