Jean Ann has practiced art in one form or another for all of her life. As a child in the Sandhills of Nebraska animals, especially horses, made the strongest impression in her observations of the world. Learning to draw meant drawing the animals she was familiar with.
In young adulthood, many other interests took her away from that environment, and artistic expression took the form of crafts and sewing and eventually oil painting. Jean Ann painted and taught painting and drawing for ten years while living in Oregon.
And finally, a formal education in art and graphic design and a 30 year career in the world of commercial art applications in her own business have led Jean Ann full circle to once again spend more time in painting, drawing, sculpting and teaching .
The exploration of color is a constant in Jean Annís work and in her classes as well. The effect of light and shadow on color and the play of colors against each other is a never ending experience of discovery.
ďI try to focus on the studentís learning style and experience. I like to keep classes small so I can work with each student individually at the speed and level that they feel comfortable.
Because language originates in a different part of the brain than does the creative vision, telling someone how to translate what they see onto canvas or paper is an art in itself. I believe I have mastered this skill so that the student really learns how to explore their world through art, rather than just copy anotherís vision. I love to see that happen!Ē
Jean Ann Curry Hess joined Pixels on November 14th, 2012.