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Jean Preston was born in England and moved to East Africa with her family when she was a child. She grew up and was educated in Uganda and Kenya and spent several years in Khartoum in the Sudan and England prior to her move to California in 1980.

 

During her time in Africa she studied with the Professor of Art at Makerere College in Kampala, learning to sketch and paint. She was inspired by what she saw around her and felt , what she called, the rhythm of Africa, a primitive sense of where nature and spirit merge. This underlies much of her work where so often the African imagery still appears.

 

After her arrival in California Jean started taking classes at the FresnoArt Museum, and private classes to enable her to work with studio models and improve her knowledge of anatomy. She attended FresnoState University to learn the art of mold making and bronze casting, and she also experimented with a variety of mediums, including paper casting. Her sculptures are mainly figurative, both realism and abstract, and her recent work has been life-size bronzes of children.

 

In 1992 she contracted an illness that almost blinded her permanently. She underwent a series of surgeries to save her sight, and was unable to do any work for 2 years. Turning to her Christian faith for support she made a miraculous recovery, and she now feels more than ever that her work carries a message of hope and healing.

Jeanís work has been shown in numerous group and one-woman shows, both in California and in England. Her work has traveled as far afield as Australis, Hong Kong, China, Russia, Switzerland and England. She is currently represented by the Seago Gallery in Cambria and she also markets her work through Shows as well as through her studio in Fresno.

Artistís Statement.

Creating art is about a journey of discovery, which reaches far beyond our normal senses to a place where we touch our spiritual selves. At this very deep level there is a peacefulness where creativity and healing can take place. My sculptures reflect this, and I hope they will bring an inner peace to those who view them.

 

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Bronze Sculpture

Clay, Resin, and other Materials

African & Contemporary

2 Dimensional Art

 

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