About the Artist

Jean Keller, is a contemporary realist; known mainly for her seascapes, skyscapes, and other coastal related imagery. Her love for the sea and big sky comes from growing up on a barrier island – just blocks from the sandy beach in Cape May County, NJ. An actual “Jersey girl”, Jean dives into the visceral memories of her youth and paints from the experience of sand, salt air and sun. Her goal of light and presence is often felt in her work. She currently lives and works in Bristol, Rhode Island — steps from the water.


Following an award-winning career in advertising design, Jean is now using her keenly developed eye for design, visual dynamics, and color when she paints.


“I consider myself a studio artist, but I spend as much time as possible outside —  walking the beach, or chasing sunsets — filling my senses with visual information and awe. I often shoot video and still reference images to jog my memory with the emotion of the moment.”


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2022   Summer Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2022   "Award of Excellence"  Nat'l Oil & Acrylics Painters Society 

2022   "Top 25" Oil on Canvas (juried)  Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists

2022   Spring Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2021   Best of 2021  "Finalist" (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Realistic Landscape "Bronze" (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   A Perfect Moment (juried show) Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA 

2021   Fall Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2021   ArtNight (featured artist)  Bristol/Warren, Bristol RI

2021   Animal Portraiture "Bronze" (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Summer Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2021   Summer Beaches "Top 40" (International)  Art Preservation Initiative

2021   Spring Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2021   Art in Bloom  Linden Place, Bristol, RI

2021   Spring Fever (juried show)  Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI

2021   Fakes and Forgeries  Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI

2020   Fall Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2020   Little Picture Show  Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI

2020   The Great Outdoors (juried) Medford Art Center, Medford, NJ

2020   103rd Annual Art by the Bay (juried)  Duxbury Art Association, Duxbury MA

2020   ArtNight (featured artist)  Bristol/Warren, Bristol RI 

2019   Cold Snap (juried) Bristol Art Museum, Members Show, Bristol RI

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Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Artist Member of National Society of Women Artists (NY, MA)

Associate Member of Oil Painters of AmericaAmerican Society of Marine Artists, American Women Artists, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society.

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Additional studies: Paul Batch, W.N. "Bill" McLane, Irina Cumberland

1974-1978   BFA, Communication Design, minor in Art History, Kutztown University, PA