About Jean Brodie
Artist Statement, 2020
Transitioning in life and art…
I see art as a human endeavor that in big and small ways reflects life, that of the artist and of the surrounding world.
My recent move from the foothills of Colorado to the city San Francisco no doubt will influence my art in ways I cannot predict. But at this moment in time I know this about what I create:
It is mostly abstract.
It is evolving.
It is made of acrylic and collage with lots of layers.
It uses shape, color, value and texture to captivate the eye and mind.
Past Artist Statement
I’ve always liked images. Like a good piece of music, they just keep playing on in my mind. As a painter, this affinity for images has mixed with a fascination of putting down paint—a wedding of picture and surface. My paintings often have their genesis in photographs I have taken as I travel. The photos are recomposed on my computer, and then translated into the language of paint. The paint surface is as important to me as the subject and arrangement of shapes. The brushing, scraping, and layering are meant to hold your eye as if looking into a tide pool, or at the marbled surface of stone.
With an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the University of Northern Iowa, an Education Degree from the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Art Education, I conducted 26 years as an art educator in Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, Colorado. Upon closing that chapter of my life, I began to focus on what I could learn and do as a painter. In 2003 I began classes at the Art Student’s League of Denver. Kevin Weckbach, Quang Ho, and Mark Nelson were my major instructors at A.S.L.D.
In 2020 after a move to San Francisco, CA, I set up my painting studio in Noe Valley to continue the journey.
Showings and Awards
- Terrain, artistalliance.space, virtual gallery, curated by Carol Dalton, 2021
- Works on Paper, papercircle.org, virtual gallery, 2021
- Small Works, artistalliance.space, December 2020
- Small Works Exhibition, Art Works Downtown, curated by Jack Fischer, San Rafael, CA, Nov. 2020
- Tiny Assemblages: A Challenge Exhibition, Curator Erin McCluskey Wheeler, artistalliance.space, September 2020
- Wildlands, artistalliance.space, virtual gallery, curated by Gina Tuzzi, Sept. 2020
- Cherry Creek Art Gallery, Pop-up show, Denver, CO, Aug. 2019
- Rendezvous Paint Out, Winter Park, Honorable Mention, Sept. 2018
- Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Sept. 2017
- Foothills Art Center, National Watermedia Show, Honorable Mention, Sept. 2016
- Lone Tree Art Expo, Lone Tree, CO, October-November 2015
- Foothills Art Center Member Show, Golden, CO, June 2015
- Soul Struck, juried show, Space Gallery, curated by Christoph Heinrich, Director Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, April 2015
- Paint, two-woman show, Von Tornow Gallery, Denver, CO, October 2014
- All CO Show, Curtis Art Center, 3rd Place, Greenwood Village, CO, 2011
- Colorado Artist’s Guild, 1st Place Watermedia, Spark Gallery, Denver fall 2010
- One Thing Leads to Another, Evergreen Art Center, fall 2009
- Voices, 821 Gallery, spring 2008
- Foothills National Watercolor Show, Golden, CO, summer 2008
- DIA Colorado Art, April 2008-January 2009
- CWS State Show, Arvada Center, summer 2007
- Western Federation WS32, summer 2007
- Scapes, ASLD, fall 2006
- Paint, Sculpt, Shoot Evergreen, fall 2006, 2nd Place Painting Award
- Two Woman Show, 45 Degrees Gallery, Arvada, CO, fall 2006
- Colorado Watercolor Society State Watermedia, spring 2006
- Western Federation WS31, spring 2006
- Botanic Gardens CWS Show, fall 2005
- Paint Our Town, ASLD, spring 2004, Triangle Award
- Art and Soul, Art Students League of Denver (ASLD), winter 2004
Artist Alliance, founder Jen Tough, artistalliance.community
Colorado Watercolor Society, signature member, 2003-2009
Art Students League of Denver