When you enter Jeannie Motherwell’s studio, the large expansive abstract paintings
really grab your attention. She grew up in a home of abstract painting with the influences of her father, Robert Motherwell and step mom Helen Frankenthaler. Yet her own work is strong and bold with rich dark colors and a splash of cadmium brights.
Her own artist’s statement says this, “I am amazed by the images and mysteries of creation — like the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and my own physicality during the painting process.” When you see her work, it feels oceanic. It is true, Kristen and I can contest the ocean feel of her work.
Our visit to Motherwell’s studio was inspiring as you can see her raw talent and perseverance. Jeannie, told us that Helen Frankenthaler never put being a women as an obstacle she just painted, and kept at it.
We send a special thanks to Jeannie Motherwell for being an abstract artist and showing the way.