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Artist Robert J O'Brien



Jean Cannon has been traveling in 2017.  She keeps sketch journals on the road.  Below are images from a Costa Rica sketchbook.  It is a small notebook: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2 ".   More images will appear soon in an exciting new format on this site. 
     Materials used in the sketchbooks are pencils, fine point markers, watercolor pencils and watercolors.
     Jean has been drawing and painting since childhood and has exhibited her work widely over the past ten years in Vermont, Connecticut and New York. Her paintings range in size from miniatures to large murals and theater backdrops. She enjoys collaborative projects and commissions as much as she does working on her own.


Cowgirl Heading South 1 Lichen and Mist


Artist Statement
"I am experienced in a variety of media. My work travels back and forth through personal interpretations of the natural world to curious statements from the subconscious. In terms of the landscape or interior, I tend to favor the close-up view or the odd angle.

I also paint from my imagination, synthesizing images from memory or making a stab at the profound, the mysterious, the ethereal,  These paintings often express the intertwining or interconnectedness of people and the natural environment.

I do paint recognizable, representational images, but I don't consider myself to be a "realist". Even when I work directly from the living image, my paintings retain ambiguity and playfulness of color."