Name: Jean Glaser
Business Name: Jean Glaser AnimalPortraits
Art Media: acrylics, drawing and photography
Art Form: Painting, Photography, Other Media
My interest in art began early, taking classes as a child. My family includes a number professional artists, an art educator, a sculptor, a jeweler, and a film editor. I have a BFA from Arizona State University, in ceramics with an overview of painting, art history and sculpture. Upon graduating from college, I worked at the Elaine Horwitch Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here I nurtured and refined my love of contemporary art, being inspired by artists such as Georgia Okeefe, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, David Gilhooley, and many others.
Over the years my art had to take a back seat to earning a living, and my husband and I opened a restaurant and bakery where I made food art. It just didn't have the longevity of other mediums.
When encouraged by a close friend to take a painting class, I renewed my passion for art. The subjects I chose were those closest to me, the animals in my life. My studio and home are in Park City, Utah, where I live with my husband, two dogs, two cats and a stray elk or zebra.
I work in acrylic, mostly on paper but at times on cradle boards. When I began to paint I started with oils. I currently work in acrylics layering them as I used to layer oils. This creates depth in my paintings.
My inspiration comes from animals because I have a great passion for them and always have. All animals have an honesty of spirit that I work very hard to capture in my work.
I do not discriminate, I paint all animals from fish to lions, the majority of my work currently are dogs and cats.
I have been doing a series of what I call Partials. I crop my photos down to the smallest section of my subject that I can and still capture their essence!