"I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I've illustrated several children's books, worked as a commercial illustrator for various publications (including doing 'News of the Weird' for the Memphis Flyer for 20 years), and have done quite a bit of public art: mosaic trolley stops, the 'Genome Kids' statue at St. Jude, and the 'I Can Fly' statue in the lobby of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. I'm finally at a place in my career where I can focus on doing the work I love and not have to meet corporate deadlines. I live next door to my Midtown studio, draw or paint every day, and have a show about every 6 months. Like any other artist, I've had to sacrifice certain things---I buy my furniture second-hand at thrift stores or pick it up on the street, and I can't travel as much as I like---but it's all right. I've just learned to do a lot of things on the cheap and not to need so much. The trade-offs are absolutely worth it."
Two of Jeanne's favorite artists: