Color and light are the elements that inspire
me to paint. I relate to them on an emotional level.
Whether it is the sun rising or setting over
a body of water or city lights reflecting on wet pavement, I am
drawn to reflections. I love the shimmer of light and the extra
dimension reflected light and deep shadows add to our reality.
I prefer the landscape in early morning or evening as the colors
are richer and deeper, edges are less defined and the atmosphere
is more mysterious. Nocturnes are of particular interest to me
especially cities at night when they sparkle and the sharp edges
of buildings are blurred. I dont want to tell the whole
story but rather invite the viewer to relate to the image through
their own experience.
Jean (Thompson) Schwartz, a native of New Jersey
is an oil painter who is equally at home working en plein air
or in her home studio. Her subjects are varied and include landscape,
marine, and cityscapes.
Jean majored in Fine Arts at Upsala College and
between her junior and senior years earned a certificate from
LEcole du Louvre in Paris for studies in art history. After
graduating from Upsala she spent a year working and studying in
Paris where she enjoyed having her first exhibit of paintings
at the Galerie du Passeur on the rue du Bac. Returning home she
exhibited her work in galleries and regional exhibits in New York
state before moving to Washington DC which became her permanent
home. There her work caught the attention of a gallery on Capitol
Hill (Talking of Michelangelo) which exhibited the work
of DC women artists exclusively. The gallery was active in promoting
women artists throughout the 70s.
In the mid 80s Jean attended George Washington
University where she graduated from the Landscape Design Program
and started her own landscape design business. That work furthered
her love of landscape painting and after 12 years she closed her
business and returned to painting full time.
Jeans paintings are in private and corporate
collections both in the U.S. and France. Through the State Departments
Art in Embassies program she has loaned paintings to the US embassies
in Ankara Turkey and Soltje Macedonia. She is a juried member
of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, The Salmagundi
Club NYC, The American Artists Professional League and Oil
Painters of America.
The Washington Society of Landscape Painters, wslp.org
The Salmagundi Club, NYC, www.salmagundi.org
Oil Painters of America, www.oilpaintersofamerica.com
American Artist's Professional League (AAPL) www.americanartistsprofessionalleague.org
Art in Embassies, www.art.state.gov
American Paintings Fine Art
5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW suite 17
Washington DC 20016
The Salmagundi Club
47 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003