Jean McLean is a Montana artist who lives, paints, and teaches art mostly in the Helena area. She primarily paints the features and creatures of Montana using oils in a representational style. Occasionally she uses a variety of water-based media to create interesting works on YUPO, a polypropylene surface.
She has studied art for many years through selected workshops, videos, and books and continues to expand her knowledge of two-dimensional technique and media in that way today.
The artist says people are an important element in her work, even when not specifically depicted. She explains that she tries to show the evidence and influence of people in the subject matter she selects, whether it be a building, a flower garden, a domestic animal, or an expression or attitude of a wild animal.
Jean’s work has been collected both regionally and nationally throughout the United States. She is currently a member of The Art Center in Helena, as well as the national organizations: American Women Artists and the American Impressionist Society.