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Professional Artist Jeanne Rhea

I find inspiration in minutiae, nature, colors, patterns, fractals, photomicrography, life experiences and the very act of creating. I usually approach my artwork with an idea and then find techniques and materials to capture the concept.

I was born in Milan, TN and grew up in KY in a very large family. Before it was trendy, we used found objects and recycled materials in our art. The resourcefulness that I learned as a child was once again part of my life when living in Alaska for twenty years. I have continued to use reclaimed and salvaged materials in my mixed media work. Currently I live and work in Sanford, NC.

Most of my adult life I have been self-employed. All of my work has contributed to who I am today and the art I create. In the past I have managed a bed & breakfast, an arts and crafts co-op, antiques and collectibles shop and have been a general contractor in the building maintenance and remodeling industry.

For me, life and art are inseparable and I find inspiration everywhere I look. Experimenting with various techniques and materials is part of the lure of art for me. I am a self-taught artist and I enjoy the process of creating - the journey - as much as the end product. With the passage of time, I find myself devoting more and more time to my art. I fully expect to die with a paintbrush in my hand and a smile on my face.

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