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About the Artist

Jean Keller, is a contemporary realist; known mainly for her seascapes, big skies, and other coastal and figurative scenes. 

 

“ My love for coastal imagery comes from growing up on a barrier island — just blocks from the sandy beach in Cape May County, NJ. I paint [with passion] the memories of my youth… and feel a visceral connection with the sea. My goal is to always include: energy, light, and emotional presence — no matter the subject.”

 

After earning her BFA in graphic design, Jean embraced an award-winning career in Boston, MA — working in both large agencies and small, boutique studios. A visual person at her core, Jean is constantly learning and challenging herself in her craft. Her design work with AT&T, AMEX, Humana, Quaker, Fidelity… (to name just a few) demanded creative interpretations of business strategies. 

 

She’s won professional accolades for her advertising/design skills and is currently adding national and international award recognition to her fine art CV. 

Most recently she has added florals and animal portraits to her repertoire as she expands her portfolio to include a variety of images beyond the land and sea. 

 

“ I consider myself a studio artist, but I spend as much time as possible outside — walking the in nature, or chasing sunsets — filling my senses with visual information and awe.”  

 

Jean lives and works in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Awards

2022   Suzanne Hassel Award  Warren Art Festival, Warren RI

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

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

2021   Best of 2021  Finalist (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Realistic Landscape Bronze (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Animal Portraiture Bronze (International)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Summer Beaches Top 40 (International)  Art Preservation Initiative

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Selected Group Exhibitions:

2022   Fall Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2022   Juried Members  Bristol Art Museum

2022   Summer Showcase  Oil Painters of America

2022   Spring Showcase  Oil Painters of America 

2021   Fall Showcase  Oil Painters of America

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

2021   Summer Showcase  Oil Painters of America

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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Education

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

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