Photography and creative work have anchored Jean’s life since childhood. She took her first photographs with her parents’ Instamatic camera when she was eight years old. A year or two later, she learned how to develop and print black-and-white film in a student enrichment program offered at her elementary school. She has called herself a photographer ever since.
Jean has always loved the feeling of photographic, textile, and art materials in her hands. This affinity comes through in the textural and tactile quality of her imagery.
While studying for her BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, beginning to work with color film, and then also printing in color, opened up a whole new way of seeing for her.
A fascination with pattern, texture, and detail has been evident from the beginning of Jean's practice of photography. Her current photographic work continues to explore these deeply--rooted interests in both black-and-white and color.