Painting portraits - Jean Pederson - FineArtConnoisseur.com
Jean Pederson, “The Traveler,” mixed media on board, 16 x 20 in.

Go behind the scenes of these portraits and see why Jean Pederson has “an undeniable craving.”

BY JEAN PEDERSON
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There is a constant tug between the desire to render classically and the desire to communicate expressively.

I need a certain amount of rendering within my practice, but there is an undeniable craving to interpret, in my own voice, what I feel about my subject.

My work has evolved into a hybrid of styles, much like that of modern dance. I still hold the ability to paint a realistic and dramatic portrait in watercolor (like classical ballet). My travels into a variety of expressions (the tap, jazz, hip hop of painting) allow me to pick and choose the dance of my brush.

Painting portraits - Jean Pederson - FineArtConnoisseur.com
Jean Pederson, “Reflections,” acrylic on board, 12 x 36 in.

My question for artists: Do you want to do the same consistent style for the rest of your career (a very solid and accepted path), or do you want to chassé to the left?

I feel gratitude for the choice to move where the music leads me.

Sketching figures - Jean Pederson - FineArtConnoisseur.com
Jean Pederson, Overlapping life drawing in oil
Sketching portraits - Jean Pederson - FineArtConnoisseur.com
Jean Pederson, Overlapping life sketches in sketchbook
Painting portraits - Jean Pederson - FineArtConnoisseur.com
Jean Pederson, “Paper Rose,” watercolor on 140 lb. paper, 16 x 20 in.

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