Jean Jack's Quintessential Farmhouse #1 is a stunning, inviting example of her pale, refined palette. The buildings fit themselves into the landscape and the sky fills in the spaces between the two.
Despite Jean's use of very real houses and barns as models, these are realistic paintings only in a sense. 'Idealistic' is perhaps a better word for the convincing power of the very simplified forms and colors. These bright, sensitive paintings are more of an exquisite arrangement of elements that express an essential feeling about houses in the country from California to Maine rather than a view out of a window.
The images that arouse Jean Jack's curiosity are discovered on the open road. "As I set out with my camera in an adventurous frame of mind, I criss-cross the country and seek inspiration for my work. Often it is on the fast-moving interstate where I discover, quite by accident, the perfect simplicity of a farmhouse or a barn. I am not interested in the details as much as the abstractions — the way the afternoon sun falls off a slanting roof, tall forsaken grass that cradles an old structure, or stairs that once led to a seaside path that now leads nowhere at all. The challenge is to catch the image with my camera from this inconvenient 'backstage' angle." ~ Jean Jack
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