Professional artist Jean Westphal Thomas grew up in Southern California, lived in Arizona for many years and has now settled in Oregon. Observing and making art has been a part of her life since childhood. She received a BFA in Art Education from the University of Arizona where she was awarded the Zoe Gore Scholarship for art studies. Her post graduate work in painting and archaeology was done at Arizona State University and the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. After teaching high school art and crafts for many years, she moved on to teaching adults in art centers and workshops, but mainly to concentrate on her studio painting. Through the years Jean’s paintings have evolved into bold, dramatic interpretations of landscapes, seascapes and non-objective environments.
Jean’s style is impressionistic with strong design, vigorous brush work and luminous color. The work celebrates the desert spaces, coastlines and mountains she regularly visits. She shows her work in galleries in several western states. Besides successful one-woman shows, she had had her art published and has won numerous prestigious awards in juried shows. She is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and England.