Jean was born in Alaska and lived in various places (southeast US, southern California, Hawaii, Thailand, Qatar) before settling in northern California. She lives in San Jose, and paints in studio in San Francisco. She is currently completing her studies as an MFA student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Her experiences living and traveling in the US and abroad have shaped her aesthetics.
Her most recent paintings in abstraction are based on the idea of transformation. These paintings begin as one idea or composition and then diverge from the original subject into a unique expression. Jean's figurative work is an exploration of the human form as well as of the body language and expressions caught in unguarded or private moments.
Her artistic influences and inspirations are mainly John Singer Sargent, Steven Assael, Louise Bourgeois, Jay DeFeo, Marcel Duchamp, and Dale Marshall. She draws inspiration from the interaction of color and form, from what she sees as she goes about her daily routine, and from questions about perceptions of reality.