Jean is the author of “Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People”. She has been painting for over twenty years, balancing her strong teaching abilities, and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form.
Jean’s traditional practice includes referential imagery of people, still life, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers Jean an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Although Pederson is well known for her mastery of water colours, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression
The portraits in her paintings are based on people who she has met or impacted her. These subjects in her paintings often reflect different walks of life as well as diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. We are hard pressed to find a period in time when the human figure wasn’t represented. Finding a way to express the human figure in a language that reflects the twenty-first century is perhaps the greatest challenge in figurative work today.
Jean has work placed in the Royal Collection in Windsor England, and has been honored with numerous National and International awards over the years. In 2005 Jean was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artist’s Early Achievement Award, granted for her many honors, awards, international writing to promote art education, and consistent, exceptional painting.
Jean Pederson has exhibited her work Internationally in China, London England, Stockholm Sweden, New York, The United Nations, San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada.
Selected Recent Awards
2013 – Queens Diamond JubileeMedal for contribution to the arts
2011 – Jurors Award – C.W.A.Gallery Concord – San Francisco
2010 – Walter J. Philips AwardCIPA – Mount Royal University
2010 – Finalist – The Artist’s Magazine
2009 – The Charles Comfort Medal C.S.P.W.C. – Leighton Centre, Alberta
2009 – Swinton Award – C.S.P.W.C.