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Jean Keller is a contemporary realist; known mainly for her seascapes, landscapes, big skies, and figurative images. An honest creator who makes art that requires little to no explanation; Jean paints from her heart with the goal of always establishing energy, light, and emotional presence. Through thoughtful brushwork, color, and approachable subject matter, her aim is not to provoke —but to please.

After earning her BFA in design, Jean embraced an award-winning career in Boston, MA — working in both large advertising agencies and small, boutique studios. She’s won numerous professional accolades for her design skills and is currently adding national and international award recognition to her fine art CV. 

Her work has been shown in local museums, galleries and alternate venues. She is a Signature Member of the National Association of Women Artists (NY, MA chapters), an award-winning member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters (NOAPS), a juried member of the Oil Painters of America,  and a supporting member of several other professional art groups including The Guild of Boston Artists. 

“ I’m mainly a studio artist, but I spend as much time as possible outside — walking in nature — chasing sunsets — observing — and soaking up inspiration. My love for coastal imagery comes from growing up on a barrier island – just blocks from the sandy beach in Cape May County, NJ.” 

Jean lives and works in Bristol, Rhode Island.


2023   Spring 2023 Journal American Society of Marine Artists

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2024   Living+Breathing/Distinction (Int'l) Gallery 4%

2024   Faces and Features/Distinction (Int'l) Gallery 4%

2024   Portraiture/Bronze (Int'l) Camelback Gallery

2023   Animal Portraiture/Honor (Int'l) Artist Network

2023   Animal Portraiture/Bronze (Int'l) Camelback Gallery

2023   Juried Oils/Finalist (Int'l) Camelback Gallery

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

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

2022   Suzanne Hassel Award  Warren Art Festival, Warren RI

2021   Best of 2021  Finalist (Int'l)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Realistic Landscape Bronze (Int'l)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Animal Portraiture Bronze (Int'l)  Camelback Gallery

2021   Summer Beaches Top 40 (Int'l)  Art Preservation Initiative

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Selected Juried Group Exhibitions:

2023   Associates Exhibition  Nat'l Oil & Acrylics Painters Society

2023   Spring Showcase  Spring Bull Gallery

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  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  Medford Art Center, Medford, NJ

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

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

2019   Cold Snap  Bristol Art Museum, Members Show, Bristol RI

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Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Signature Member National Society of Women Artists 

Elected Artist Member American Artist Professional League

Associate Member Oil Painters of AmericaAmerican Society of Marine Artists, Guild of Boston Artists and National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society.

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Additional studies: Classical methods w/Jennifer Gennari, Mentorship w/Paul Batch, Atelier w/W.N. McLane, Workshops w/Irina Cumberland, /Sarah Margaret Gibson

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

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