Canadian artist Jean Morrow describes painting as a form of meditation where creative energy flows through her and onto the canvas.
That serene state is reflected in her brightly coloured abstracts and soothing landscapes, pieces designed to evoke a sense of calm and beauty in the home.
Influenced by the interplay of water, winds and nature, acrylics are a natural medium for Jean.
Whether in the undulating lines of an abstract, the fluttering of leaves in a forest, or thunderclouds over the ocean, energy, fluidity, and movement figure highly in her work.
Based in the artistic community of Almonte, Ontario, since 2010 she’s lived and worked out of the historic Thoburn Mill, where her loft-front gallery and workspace is a popular stop on local studio tours.
When the river freezes over, Jean and her husband retreat to St. Simons Island, Georgia where she counts the beaches, sunsets, and ocean among her muses.
It was here that she was inspired to add jewelry, a more portable art form, to her repertoire.
Today, in addition to her paintings, she sells custom painted pendants and earrings – with abstract, yogic and natural themes – on her Etsy shop as well as in her gallery.
Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Ottawa, Jean began painting over 25 years ago when a friend gave her some art supplies for Christmas.
Since then, she’s explored various mediums and techniques and, after retiring from a successful tech career, devoted herself to her art full-time.
Painting fulfills a need to create something from within, says Jean, joking, “If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be constantly rearranging the furniture.”
Using acrylic paints and mediums and usually working on mid-size to large canvases, I create brightly coloured abstracts and landscapes, often featuring trees and water. I rarely work from photographs but prefer to start with an idea or concept and then work it out on the canvas letting it progress organically.
My work is about creating something that is pleasing to the eye. It’s about creating something you can hang on the wall, something the eye can travel around, something that intrigues, speaks to you and moves you.
It’s about creating something of beauty.
Sept. 2020 – Dec 2020 – ARTPrior Gallery, Arnprior, Ont.
Jan. 2019 – Sept. 2020 – “Shape of Water” Stairwell Gallery, Almonte, Ont.
June 13- Nov 13, 2019 – Featured artist at the Thoburn Mill Gallery
Oct 12-14, 2019 – Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour – Juried Show
June 2019 – Featured artist at Equator Cafe, Almonte, Ont.
Nov 2018-May 2019 – “Orange Burst” Stairway Gallery, Almonte, Ont.
July-Oct, 2018 – “Blown Away” Under the Stairs Gallery, Almonte, Ont.
Oct 6-8, 2018 – Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour – Juried show
June 2018 – “In Pieces” Under the Stairs Gallery, Almonte, Ont.
June 2018 – AJA55+ Art Tour
May 2017 – Arts Carleton Place Spring Show
August 2016 – Solo show at Giardino Lifestyle Salon & Academy
May 2016 – Arts Carleton Place Spring Show & Sale
Nov 7 – Dec 20, 2015 – Thoburn Mill First Floor gallery
August 1 – 29, 2015 – Thoburn Mill Gallery
April 10 – May 24, 2015 – Spring Voices -Sivarulrasa Studio & Gallery
Oct 27, 2014 – Thoburn Mill Studio Tour part of Apt613 Gallery tour in Almonte
Oct 2012 to June 2013 – Artistic Landscape Design Gallery – Ottawa
May 2012 – Solo Show at the Chambers Gallery – Almonte City Hall
June 2012 – Solo Show at the Corridor Gallery – Almonte Public Library
November 2011 – Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour – Juried Show