Conversations with an Artist: Jean Jack
We have long admired Maine-based Jean Jack's paintings in the Mill Valley design office of her daughter and interior designer Kress Jack. Jean's artwork conveys the quiet dignity of architectural shapes as she rearranges them, tries them out from different perspectives, composes them in varying color relationships, and emphasizes the specific beauty of different forms. She loves these buildings for their imperfections and idiosyncrasies; and it is both impossible and unimportant to know exactly when or where these places exist, because they are creations of the artist. We are thrilled to bring Jean's work to our new Poet and/the Bench location in Downtown Mill Valley.
Describe the moment you realized art fed your soul.
I have always been an artist, starting as a small child when I drew on paper at my grandmother's house.
What themes do you pursue in your art?
I am interested in weathered barns and farmhouses.
Elegant Simplicity, 36x48 | Available at Poet and/the Bench
Tell us about what influences the direction for your artworks.
How has your work developed over time?
I have become more minimalistic.
Roseberry Farm, 48x48 | Available at Poet and/the Bench
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Do you collect anything?
Small antique birdhouses
What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen, read, watched or listened to recently?
I can’t really think of just one thing that inspires me. I see things all the time that make me think about my work. I guess the most inspirational would be an old farmhouse in Maine that I have painted many times.
What advice would you give to your younger self about your artistic journey
Just keep going. Let your eyes take you on this journey and be open about it.
Picture Perfect, 20x24 | Available at Poet and/the Bench
Jean's oil paintings of barns and farm houses, while based on photographs she takes, are a shift in perspective through the exquisite arrangements where the buildings fit themselves into the landscape, and the sky fills in the spaces between the two. We're smitten. See them in-person or give us a call for buying info.
See you soon,
Bonnie & Jeffrey