Jean Winslow
 

About

Biography

My journey as an artist has taken a winding path, each twist and turn connected by my commitment to the arts. 

As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design I learned to approach life as an empty canvas, full of latent possibilities. After RISD I began to explore these opportunities in New York, achieving success as a children’s book illustrator. Later, while raising a family I developed innovative art programs for children. The success of these programs inspired me to pursue a career in the arts in therapy. Over the years I have developed a wide spectrum of clinical specialties including the treatment of trauma through art, psychodrama and advanced practices of visualization. Currently, I offer professional training programs in art therapy and psychodrama and workshops on enhancing creativity.

As I return to studio art with new vigor and vitality, a rich cross-fertilization occurs between each of my professional roles. My images and artistic decisions are informed and enriched by the depth of my work as a healer, while my skills as a therapist are enhanced by my creative development. The path has come full circle.

 

Artist’s Statement

Wisdom speaks first in images.
W.B. Yeats


I have followed two separate but parallel paths in my roles as artist and therapist. At the heart of each are the stories that emerge and guide the journey.

My story as an artist begins as a child, drawing before I could walk, entering a private world where I could create stories from my imagination. It leads me to art school at Rhode Island School of Design, careers as a book illustrator in New York, a painter and printmaker and to my work as a therapist incorporating the arts in healing. My quest for a perfect blend of spontaneity, creativity, fantasy and reality that began as a child is realized in making art and aiding others to find their own paths to a creative life. In both roles I am immersed in a state of passionate play that draws on instinct, intuition discipline and skill. It is a way of telling stories that build empathy while recreating reality through imaginative images and poetic action.

Portfolio

My portfolio includes some of my recent work, including monoprints created with water based inks and combined with solaretchings and chine colle. I continue to be fascinated by the intricacies of the monoprint process. It offers the fluidity of paint, along with the mysteries and surprises of free yet disciplined play. Layers of color, shapes, and nuanced textural effects create evocative images revealing stories that are like long lost manuscripts of the soul. My paintings, collages and prints all come into being largely through an intuitive process that connects me to a rich treasury of imagery. My story is coming full circle as I reach back to my roots as a dreamer of unseen vistas and forge ahead into new unexplored realms, open to the imagination of the viewer.

I invite you to come along on the journey!

Art attracts us by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Jean-Luc Godard



Professional Listings

Selected Juried Exhibitions

Rockport Art Association – Second Summer Show, 2013
Monotype Guild of New England Third National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibit, Gordon College,
Wenham, MA, 2013
Strange Glue, Thompson Gallery, Weston, MA 2012
Once and For ALL, Annual Members’ Show, Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA 2011 – Best in Show
Self Portaits, Arts League of Lowell Gallery, Lowell, MA, 2007 - Juror’s Commendation Award
Annual Juried Show, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA, 2006 - Honorable Mention

Selected Solo and Invitational Exhibits

Untold Stories, Solo show, Acton Public Library, 2011
A Print is a Print, is a Print…, Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA, 2007, 2011
The Art of Healing, Carney Gallery, Regis College, Weston, MA, 2010
Marran Gallery, Lesley University, 2010
Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA 2009
Making an Imprint, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA, 2007
Art to Go, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA 2006

Selected Arts Curating

Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA, Take Back The Night, Annual exhibit honoring victims rights,
2013
Marran Gallery, Lesley Ccollege, Cambridge, MA, The Art of Healing, November 2010
Carney Gallery, Regis College, Weston, MA, The art of Healing, March 2010
Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA, The Art of Healing, November 2009
Alternative House, Lowell, MA Out of Silence, Annual exhibit honoring victims of domestic violence,
2008-present

Collections

Enterprise Bank and Trust, Lowell, MA
Dr & Mrs. Jeffrey Klausner and other private collections

Art Memberships

Boston Printmakers
Rockport Art Association
Monotype Guild of New England
Whistler House Museum of Art
The Brush Gallery and Artist Studios
The Arts League of Lowell
National Association of Women Artists
Cambridge Art Association

Clinical Affiliations

American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Pyschodrama
American Art Therapy Association
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association