A third generation Florida native, Jean grew up on Anna Maria Island. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, a BA from the University of Florida, an AS in Biological Parks Technology from State College of Florida, Gainesville. She held teaching positions at Ringling College of Art and Design, University of Oregon and State College of Florida, Manatee. Jean is a certified Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, has served on Sarasota County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Council, governing boards of Sea to Shore Alliance and the Friends of Myakka River State Park.
She sailed and painted throughout The Caribbean, Bahamas and Central America. With her husband, Steven Schaefer, part of each year is spent on a small farm in Old Myakka, a cottage in the Village of Longboat Key and with family on a ranch in Montana. A life altering month in Cuba was the apex of 2012.
Allyn Gallup Contemporary, 1288 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota 34236
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria 34216