ARTIST STATEMENT

Working with a spray gun has given me untold freedom. I paint animals and I paint women, tearing shapes from paper to use as templates. The spray gun creates a soft, atmospheric spray which contrasts with the defined edges of the templates.  I experiment with repeating, reversing, and altering  the shapes as I create the work. The process is about discovery of self, and I bring the many years I have lived to each canvas, still seeking beauty, still finding humor, and always experiencing joy. 


       
                             I needed to make my acrylic paintings go towards a totally different direction, and free them from the predictable.  I was not satisfied with
 
solutions involving just paint and brushes and I wanted to create something that was beyond my imagination. I cut templates from newspaper without
 
 drawing them first and taped them to the acrylic paintings. I applied spray paint to the surface and let the paint dry. When I removed the templates I
 
suddenly realized that the intention of the original work had changed completely. The incorporation of spray painting allowed me a great deal of
 
freedom and new possibilities. Layers were created in the paintings and the process became very dynamic and fast paced.  I had never used animals as
 
 subject matter and this was a chance to create stylized animal-like shapes. I combined these with shapes of humans on the canvases and playfully,
 
Undressing Bestiality was 
born.  
 
                          The paintings deal with bestiality, and here bestiality is a metaphor. They are about our fears and they are also about our redemption.
 
 Sometimes the images emerge from 
the  background and sometimes they recede. My feelings during bright tropical mornings and dark Northern nights are
 
represented here. The paintings tell 
where I have been and what has saved my life.


Jeanne Waters  4/30/201




                                             BIO

Jeanne Waters studied art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. She traveled to       Mexico to paint and ended up staying there for over twenty 
years, working and exhibiting 
her​
 paintings, ceramics and textiles in Mexico City and
​ ​
Xalapa
​,​
 Veracruz. She returned to the United States in 1992
​.​
 
​Water 
works from 
a studio in Seattle
​.​
​ 
H
er work is characterized by​
​ its' controversial content, strong colors, 
and the 
technique of spraying paint over hand made templates.










 


                                                                                    BIO


    ​Jeanne Waters studied art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. 
   She traveled to Mexico to paint and ended up staying there for over twenty
 
​   ​
years, working and exhibiting her​
 paintings, ceramics and textiles in Mexico City
​   ​
 and
​ ​
Xalapa
​,​
 Veracruz. She returned to the United States in 1992
​.​
 
​Waters
 maintains 
​   ​
a studio in Seattle
​.​
​ 
H
er work is recognized for​
​ its controversial content, strong colors, 
   and unusual 
technique of spraying paint over hand made templates.

























                                                                                    















BIO



















I use an airbrush to paint my canvases. I create templates














Jeanne Waters began studying art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles where folk art folk artpermeated the art department. She traveled to Mexico on a trip with her painting class and eventually made Mexico her home and continued to study art.


She lived and worked there for over twenty years, first in in Mexico City and then in Xalapa Veracruz, showing her work in private galleries, in galleries for national juried shows, and in two major museums.



She has shown her paintings, textiles, and ceramics in Cuba, Korea, and the US. She illustrated four children's books, two of which she wrote. She created painted backdrops for the band Roble de Agua led by her daughter Sara Robledo.


Waters returned to the USA in 1992 and established J&J Studios with her husband Jim Halvorson, glass artist. At the studio they show their work with invited guest artists