Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Trinity Show

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the prestigious "Spotlight on Art" artist market, held February 3-8 at the Trinity School in Atlanta. Artists who participate do so by invitation only. Many emerging and famous artists, including Steve Penley, Howard Finster, and Radcliff Bailey have shown their work at the Trinity School. 

Spotlight on Art offers the art lover a wide range of styles to peruse, including contemporary, children’s, folk, home and garden, realism/impressionism, jewelry, sculpture/pottery, and whimsical. You will find my work in the realism/impressionism section. 

Please come out next week to see the show. I'll be there Opening Night on Monday, February 3, from 6-9pm and for the "Cocktails and Canvases" event, held Friday, February 7, from 6-9pm. Both nights will include light bites and cocktails. 

Spotlight on Art will also be open during the day throughout the week. There is free admission and parking. The Trinity School is located at 4301 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327.

For more info and to see a great video clip on the event, visit: http://www.spotlightonart.com/

Come out and see why the Atlanta Journal Constitution says, “Collectors in pursuit of the next big thing will appreciate the history”!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Works for Show at Artmatch Gallery

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"Banks of Clay"
24x24" Oil on Panel

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                                                                       "Tranquil Evening"
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Shapes Before Dusk

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30x30" Oil on Canvas

This painting will be shown in Artmatch Gallery for the my opening show this Friday. I'm getting really excited about this event! Presented by the Finestra art app, I'm honored to share this space with two other wonderful female artists, Lauren Pallota and Jennifer Tanksley.

Artmatch Gallery and Finestra Present Next Show

My weekend was a whirlwind of curating and hanging a new show with James Lytle, cofounder of the Finestra art app, and artists Lauren Pallota and Jennifer Tanksley in the fabulous Artmatch Gallery in Atlanta, GA. This Friday, October 18th, we'll be hosting an art opening featuring oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings along with live music and wine.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Oil Paintings

My September watercolors will be temporarily on hold while I hustle to finish another painting deadline. This is for several oil paintings that my art business coach is encouraging me to complete within a couple weeks. I'll post the rest of the watercolors to complete the entire project in October.

September Watercolor Event/ Number 11

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Watercolor Event/No. 8

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"Changing Seasons"
12x22" Watercolor

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September Watercolor Event/ No. 7

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"Dry Leaf Bundle." 
12x15" Watercolor

Number seven in the September watercolor project. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

The September Watercolor Event

 Posting a new watercolor every week day in September! 

The following are watercolors I have completed for these first 6 week days.

Exact sizes can be found on my website or Facebook page. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Georgia Blooms No. 5

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22x30" Watercolor

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Georgia Blooms No. 4

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Georgia Blooms No. 4
15x15" Watercolor

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Georgia Blooms No. 3

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Georgia Blooms III
11x18.5" Watercolor


Monday, April 22, 2013

Georgia Blooms No. 2

Spring around here is a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. When you're sensitive to winter's gray, the color and light of spring seem to revive body and mind. 

Here is the second watercolor to my Georgia Blooms theme. 

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Georgia Blooms No. 2
18x18" Watercolor

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Atlanta International School

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This is a scene of the Atlanta International School, a historic building in Atlanta's downtown Buckhead. Created for the AIS Spring Benefit 2013, it measures 18x24."

A release date of 100 signed, limited edition prints will be announced soon.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Video Interviews

"Atlanta in the Fall" was commissioned by Innotrac to highlight the city of Atlanta. The original painting is exhibited in the lobby at Innotrac's headquarters outside Atlanta and limited edition prints were gifted to their clients for the 2012 holiday.

Innotrac created this video after viewing the first phase of the painting.

And then this video after the final phase.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Spill of Color

I'm exploring what I can do with this new expressionist style I've been painting in. These older paintings gave me the opportunity to experiment and play around with loose glazes on top of the realistic image of the flower. 

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9x8.5" Oil on Paper

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6x10" Oil on Paper
This original flower series was from my 3x100 Project, where I created 3 different paintings from one subject matter and sold them at $100 each. To purchase one of these new paintings, please see my contact page on my website.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Georgia Blooms

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Georgia Blooms
21x21" Watercolor

The trees in Georgia are spectacular around springtime. It starts with these white budding trees. I can't wait to see all the color magic happen in the next couple of months. Already my phone is filling up with images of trees, sky, water, and horizon line that keep me misty eyed. God is a powerful wooer.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sudden Pour

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"Sudden Pour"
30x24" Oil on Canvas.

This new painting, as well as some previous work, will be on display at a group show running from March 21-May 19 at the Defoor Center in Atlanta.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Atlanta in the Fall

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This past Fall I was commissioned by Innotrac to create a painting which would showcase the city of Atlanta. The original painting hangs in the lobby at Innotrac's headquarters and 300 limited edition prints of the painting were gifted to their clients for the holiday. I was honored to be chosen as the local artist to paint her city! 

Here is the link to their website with my art shown: http://innotrac.com/atlanta-in-the-fall.html

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Live Painting at the Cobb Arts Ball

I had the honor of painting with two other incredible artists, Helen DeRamus and Kristopher Meadows.
As attendees to the Ball arrived, the artists painted and mingled in the entrance area.
What a privilege to meet Ron Francis, Chairman of the Board of trustees for the United Cobb of Arts, and his wife!

Close up of the almost finished painting.

The painting, titled Peace on High Falls. ©R. Jean

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Expressionist Paintings and Other Updates

Since my hiatus from blogging 5 months ago, I've been developing a bunch of new paintings.  The best way to describe the style, in my opinion, is expressionist. The feeling of the piece has become more important to me than getting all the details perfect, as with my previous photo realistic style.  While there is more of a sense of letting go in this work, the process is still very time intensive, with about 20 layers of oil glazes and washes going into each piece.
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Life Updates...

Other significant updates since my last post include an exciting decision to devote more time to my art. Previously, I was working under an immensely talented painter as his studio assistant. I recently resigned to focus on my own work, with current studio hours set at 8am - 3pm every day.  With this shift I've been able to devote serious attention to painting as well as entering shows and working on commissions. I once heard that artists need deadlines in order to make art. It keeps them accountable to producing.  I absolutely believe this is true and have been eager to fill my calendar with shows and events.  My website now includes a section where all exhibiting opportunities are listed.

New Thoughts...

I've had so many new ideas about art and running a successful business as an artist lately. The thought that you learn as you do has been at the forefront of my mind as an artist. Entering shows, creating the work, exhibiting, cultivating collectors - all these are vital to the success of my business and when I faithfully do these things, the next important step in this journey is revealed. Each step informs the next.

Face Time...

I also think it's important to glean from the wisdom of those already in the field. I've been meeting serious-minded artists at shows that I've been involved in. It's been a great way to connect with like minded artists who are proactive about getting their work seen.  At my last show, I met an artist who runs a gallery and studio space in downtown Atlanta. I was able to visit him at his studio a few days after our show where we talked "art" for the morning. I believe that face to face connections, where information and inspiration is exchanged, is so necessary in my business. A guru in the field contends that word of mouth is heaps more beneficial to a visual artist than all the social media routes you could take. I believe he's right, as I've seen my sales sky rocket at shows compared to when I post online. However, I also can appreciate the necessity of blogging and facebook promotion to keep collectors or general art appreciators in the loop. Again, it's about artistic accountability.


My brain is trying to work itself around issues of creating and sharing lately.  I'd like to help other artists with these ideas that we all must mull over in order to cultivate a thriving artistic path. I'd like to start interviewing successful artists as well as business owners on this blog as a way to understand and share this information. There are so many inspiring people out there who are doing wonderfully creative things with their life and I'd love to share their stories.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blog Update

I'll be taking a break from blogging for an indefinite period of time, but I will be posting all new work and art related updates on my website and facebook page from now on. Please check them out when you get the chance!

Friday, May 4, 2012


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This is a revised piece (from "Letting Go"). I didn't feel right about it after I finished the first version. You know when something just doesn't feel right internally? You can't explain it, but you know something is off. I felt like I could take the piece further, make it better. So, I pushed the values, punched up the colors, sat with it a bit longer. The process was longer than what I expected, but it was also a great learning experience. I am choosing to see each "mistake" as a great opportunity to grow and know where I want to take future work.

Finding a New Voice

I am completely switching gears with the work I have been creating lately. The work is more emotive, thus the process of painting feels more intuitive. It's been a very freeing process.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Points North Magazine ran an article in their current issue about the Marietta Square Artist Market with a photo of me painting from one of last year's markets. I'm anticipating showing again this year, with some very different work that I'm excited to share. Updates on new works are coming in early to mid May!

Friday, February 24, 2012


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"Letting Go"
Oil on Canvas

I just finished this piece this morning and will be hopping on over to DuPre's Antique's today to show it in my space for the weekend.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Live Painting Today

I'll be painting live at DuPre's Antique Market in Marietta Square today. Stop by and say hi if you are in the area!
(photo taken from a 2011 summer art market).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Commissioned Art for the Allatoona Yacht Club

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This was a recent commission for the Allatoona Yacht Club in Georgia. I wanted the area of focus to remain very tight and detailed, while the surrounding trees and water were more loose with drippy turpentine washes.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Retail Art Space

I am thrilled to be opening a small shop within Dupre's Antique Market. I'll be exhibiting my oil and watercolor paintings as well as keeping part time studio hours at Dupre's.

(photos taken from Dupre's website)

I love the energy of this place. In addition to some awesome and eclectic antiques (I purchased a beautiful vintage quilt there the other day), Dupre's boasts "the largest group of local artists under one roof."

If you are looking for something more unique to give as a Christmas gift this year, please consider stopping by Dupre's and checking out the art. If you are not in the Atlanta area, there is always the option to ship.

As of tomorrow, my space will be open during regular store hours. My live painting and studio time varies. Please contact me for studio hours.