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"From the time I could hold a pencil, I have always had a passion for drawing. Growing up in a large family, there was little money and even less space to do more than dabble in other art mediums, but I could always find a pencil and a piece of paper, so drawing is what I do best. With the exception of some cartooning, I attempt to draw as realistically as possible. I specialize in portraiture. Every face has elements of beauty, and it is those elements that allow a portrait to bring out the best, even the inner beauty, of an individual. I am so grateful to a Loving Father in Heaven for the gift of art. I pray that you may feel of the Savior's love as you enjoy these prints." Jean
Jean was born in New Mexico and grew up in Utah. She and her identical-twin sister are numbers five and six in a family of nine children. Jean and her husband of twenty-three years have five children, three sons and two daughters, with ages ranging from five through twenty-one. She received a degree in elementary education and went on to enjoy teaching in elementary schools for nine years, but left that profession because of her desire to be home with her young children. Finding time to draw doesn't come easy. Jean is not only a busy wife and mother; she is very actively involved in her church, volunteers time in the community, actively participates at her children's schools, and (much to her surprise) has found herself in demand as a speaker, sharing experiences of how her artwork has touched lives. Her drawings of Christ as a loving and personable friend have had a great impact, and many have sought her out for commissioned drawings. Most all of this artwork have been requests from those that have experienced the loss of a loved one. It has been a remarkable experience to see the effect that a visual of a loved one in the arms of their Savior can have on a broken heart. Jean has spent the last five years doing close to 400 commissioned drawings. The demand became so great that she just couldn't keep up with it and at this time has had to stop taking orders. At one point she had over 70 pictures in her file waiting to be done. Even now she is trying to complete drawings for those that have waited over a year. When Jean first drew the prints, she was drawing her children with Jesus - not for marketing purposes - just for her and her family. Her children are pictured in, 'Playful Boys', 'Laughing Baby', 'Snuggling Infant' and 'Teach me to Walk'. She decided to try the marketing effort after going to a copy store to make copies of her drawings. Not only those that worked in that store, but the patrons, ranted and raved over the drawings - they all wanted copies. They told Jean that they were positive that many would love and appreciate the drawings, and convinced her that she should not keep this artwork to herself. And they were right!
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