Jean Schwalbe, born in Portland, Oregon is a petite, quiet and soft spoken woman who paints large acrylic canvases using vibrant, bright purples, reds, yellows, oranges, and blues with strong and bold brush strokes. She now lives in the country on a creek in Hubbard, Oregon with her husband, Glen, who is also large, bold and colorful! Together, they share a passion for traveling and exploring the backroads and highways searching for unique views of Oregon's many scenic wonders for Jean to paint.
Her impressionistic paintings become almost a surprise to the viewer as the colors are not what one would expect to find in a landscape. Jean captures energy by pushing the color palette to rich, warm and vivid hues. Originally a watercolorist who studied under George Hamilton, Jean has been painting acrylics for the past ten years. They give her more "freedom" and using "lots of paint is more fun". And it is certainly more fun for the viewer! Whether painting rushing streams and rivers, familar Oregon mountains, meadows, clouds or all of the above together, she captures a special intensity and vitality found in nature.
Besides exhibiting her work in galleries since 1978, Jean has taught art at the University of Oregon, Clackamas Community College, and given many private lessons throughout the years.