Jean Mahoney has lived in Southampton permanently since 2001 yet it has been her summer place since childhood. Then as now, the beauty that surrounds the east end is a constant source of inspiration. The sky, the ocean, the ponds and the fields are an ever-changing palette of color and mood.
Her finished paintings are the end of a progression of on site drawings, watercolor sketches and photos. She redesigns and completes them in the comfort of her studio, a converted 200-year-old corn crib. A seasoned traveler, she never leaves home without a small box of watercolors, a sketchbook and the camera on her smartphone, especially for figurative paintings. What’s observed in a split second on a train, or in a car or on a walk is reinterpreted in her studio in Southampton. The memory and emotion of that moment becomes part of the mix. She hopes that evocation connects the viewer and the painting.
She has worked as an art director, graphic artist, children’s book writer and book designer in the U.S. and abroad. Her creations include The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre, The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Theatre, The Swan Lake Ballet Theatre, Japanese Accents in Western Interiors, At Home With Japanese Design and Nature on View. With a B.A. in fine arts, she’s studied at the Art Students League, and School of Visual Arts in New York, the Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas, the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware and the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut. For the past few years, she has been working mainly in oils under the guidance of Long Island landscape painter, Howard Rose.
She is a member of The Wednesday Group of plein air painters, the Watermill Museum and the East Hampton Artists Alliance. She’s exhibited with the Rosoh Kai Watercolor Society in Tokyo, The John Erdos Gallery in Singapore, the Chrysalis Gallery and 4 North Main Gallery in Southampton, Guild Hall and Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton, the Watermill Museum in Watermill and the Trapani Gallery in Manhasset.