Jean joined the circus at the age of 14 and so began her theatrical career. In 1954 Jean was invited to become a Windmill Girl at the famous Windmill Theatre. During her time there she worked with greats such as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth.
After spending the 1970's in the USA performing in cabaret and becoming a regular on the Joey Adams' chat show 'Coast to Coast' Jean returned to the UK where Jean was often seen on British TV in shows such as ‘Hi-de-hi’ and ‘EastEnders’ and appearing in many TV ads. After retiring from show business in the early 1990s Jean began painting as a hobby but quickly realised she had a talent for art and so decided to take her art seriously attaining a BA Hons degree in Fine Art in 2002.
“After gaining my art degree I didn’t know what to do next, so I applied to the Digswell Art Trust, a charity that focuses on artists in the early phase of their careers. To my surprise I was accepted and it was here I experimented and developed my own style of painting. A chance meeting on a train, with an editor of an art magazine who was interested in my life story led to an article in that magazine which was seen by a major art publishing company. The rest, as they say, is history!
I feel my work is more about “painting” than “flowers”. The subject matter is just a means to explore the skill of tonal values, composition and the drawn line. I have moved through various phases in my development from minimalist poppy images to more complex structured paintings, exploring a deeper resonance of colour. I visited India in 2011 which left a lasting impression on me. The intense colours I saw around me challenged my thinking as to how I could replicate the importance of the relationship of colours to each other thus creating movement on canvas. My latest works are the result of this thinking. I have taken the abstract form to a larger scale, intensified the colours by adding a resin finish, thus improving the “movement” within the work. Where I am now, is proving the most exciting of all my careers, watch this space! “
Wild Poppies II
Wild Poppies II is an original watercolour by Jean Picton.
Signed by the artist with a certificate of authenticity.
This picture comes ready framed in white with a white mount, ready to hang on your wall.
Image is Everything
Image is Everything by Jean Picton is an original work in acrylic with a resin overlay.
Framed in a white gloss tray frame ready to hang on your wall.