Artist Jean Turner Smith

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Jean has enjoyed art her entire life.  As a child, her favorite gift was a pad of clean white paper and a box of crayons. As an adult, after rearing six children, she returned to college earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting.  Although she took every drawing and painting class offered, she still longed for more instruction,  particularly in painting faces.  She continued her studies, going into art education and received a Master of Education degree from Arizona State University.  She also studied art with current masters such as Burton Silverman, David Leffel, Phil Beck, Leslie B.DeMille, Rose Frantzen, William Whitaker, Mike Malm, Nancy Seamons Crookston, Nancy Guzik, Michelle Dunaway and many other portrait artists.  She has taught art in elementary, middle school, high school, community college, and continues teaching as an adjunct  university teacher.   In addition, she also  teaches workshops in her studio.  Her interest in painting figurative subjects, and portraits in particular, keeps her busy, and she has done many portrait commissions. Her works are in many private collections.Although she enjoys painting still life subjects and landscapes in plein-aire, painting people is still her first love.  She has several grandchildren who are willing models (most of the time) and belongs to a small group of portrait painters who paint from life regularly.  She finds people to be fascinating.  "The infinite personalities and gestures compel me to keep painting them."She is a member of many art groups including the Portrait Society of America, where she is the Arizona Ambassador, Portrait Artists of Arizona,  Gilbert Visual Artists League, Arizona Pastel Artists Assoc. and Oil Painters of America.  She is [...]

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