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 America, American 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