Jean Geddes was born in Alberta and lives in Calgary with her husband Dean.
Jean studied drawing and painting at a very young age, and began painting in oils at age twelve. Her adult art education includes evening courses at the Alberta College of Art, specialized courses for oil painters at Scottsdale Artists’ School, and seminars with selected master artists. She has been painting, and studying art, almost all her life.
Although accomplished in several media, Jean enjoys the challenge of painting in oils and now uses that medium almost exclusively.
Her subject matter is diverse. She is well-known for her treatment of the mountain landscape. However, Jean’s sphere of artistic interest also includes city and rural scenes, florals and still lifes, the horse, the human figure, and the oceans, boats and small harbours of Canada’s east and west coasts.
She and Dean travel extensively throughout Canada and the western United States to paint, and to photograph subjects as supplementary material for her winter studio work. During the warmer months, and even the not-so-warm, Jean can be found out in the countryside capturing nature from life. Most of the works she develops in the field are eventually made available to the public.
Jean is highly regarded as a teacher, critic and juror, and for many years taught advanced oil painting to experienced students. Currently, she critiques artists’ works at sessions held from time to time at Swinton’s Art Supplies and Studios. She also performs critiques or serves as juror for various groups and individuals.
She has been painting professionally since 1978.