Painting in this moment is the connecting force that blends all artists, past through future. It is the divine opportunity to capture a small passage of time on paper, allowing us only a moment to become enfolded in our dreams and passions. The artist can only begin this creative process by inviting the viewer to join in the journey; the process continues as the viewer accepts the magical message which the painting speaks.” - Jean Best
A lifelong New Jersey resident, contemporary painter Jean Best began her artistic career in the publishing field, creating numerous magazine and children’s book illustrations, as well as book jacket designs.  She quickly embraced the medium of watercolor, where her impressionistic style of painting integrates the dramatic interplay of light, shadow and color.  She continually fascinates and intrigues the viewer with her use of magical patterns which spill across the page and envelop the eye with washes of vibrant hues and riot of colors. Jean Best is currently expanding on her creative journey by exploring contemporary acrylic pour techniques. An extensive body of works of Jean’s most recent paintings can be seen throughout the local area.
Jean Best’s works have been featured in numerous one woman shows, various group exhibitions and extensive outdoor shows.  Her paintings have been featured in the Donald Palmer Museum, the South Orange Library, the permanent collection of duCret School of the Arts where she is a graduate, and the “All Women All Art” exhibition, as well as many private collections.  Jean’s passion for life is evident in her energetic paintings and her works are being enjoyed on the East and West coast, as well as in Switzerland.
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