Jean Fogelberg Works On Canvas

Winston Churchill quote


"Being able to send something intriguing or beautiful out into the world is a perk - the biggest benefit of being an artist lies within the act of creativity itself. Getting lost in a piece and allowing your subconscious to play and express itself - that's the best nourishment and therapy I know of."
Jean FogelbergJean Fogelberg was born Jean Marie Mayer in St. Albans, New York. When she was 5 years old her family moved to the coastal town of Lompoc, California. She taught herself to play the guitar at age 12 and within a few years was teaching children to play at a summer music camp in Santa Barbara and performing in a band with fellow high school students.

Enrolled as an art major at Alan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, Jean attended classes by day and worked as a waitress on the graveyard shift at Denny's Restaurant by night. There she met the two night cooks, both musicians, and they formed a band together.

For the next 25 years she supported herself with her music and art, performing in San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, and Lake Tahoe in California; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1980 she wrote The Temptations' hit song, "Power", for Motown legend Berry Gordy.

Moving to Santa Fe in 1989, her paintings of that time depicted scenes of New Mexico and Native American Indians. In 1996, while performing at a Santa Fe cafe, she met, and married, singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. An artist and photographer himself, Dan encouraged Jean to further develop her skills with the camera. Since his untimely death of advanced prostate cancer in 2007, Jean has continued to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation, designing their annual Christmas cards, speaking at events, and encouraging men to become informed about testing. She has been a keynote speaker and honorary chair for the American Cancer Society and she created and maintains a website for caregivers called "Don't Lose Heart - Caregivers Caring For Caregivers". Her photographs have appeared in magazines, books, and CD's.


"I transitioned from representational to non-objective abstract art during a particularly stressful time - now I paint purely to express what I'm feeling or what's happening in my life. Some days find me throwing paint at a canvas while listening to classic rock or big band music; a few hours later I might be adding details to a painting with a tiny brush while listening to ballads and Celtic music.

For me, the act of spreading color on a flat surface is very akin to creating music - at once a therapeutic and sacred expression of the human experience.

I start by setting out the colors I intend to use and then I let the painting evolve as I go. I start with the canvas on the floor and work in layers. Each layer has to dry before I start on the next one, and since some of my paintings have as many as 18 layers it can involve a lot of wait time so I'm usually working on two or three paintings at once. Some of the layers have paint drizzled or splashed on with a wooden stir stick; some have paint rolled on with 4 inch rollers; some layers have acrylic mediums applied with a brush or palette knife. For the final layer I tack the canvas to a wall and apply colors and details with a 1/4" brush."

Jean Fogelberg has shown in galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Oregon; Reno, Nevada; and Ventura, Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Lake Tahoe, California. Her work can be found in private collections from Montecito, California to Bali, Indonesia.



"I was given a Brownie Instamatic when I was a kid and I loved taking pictures of everything. I'd make my little sisters pose for me, dress up a cat; whoever would hold still for me.

Eventually I transitioned to a Nikon F-501 and continued shooting special occasions and vacations, but photography didn't become art for me until I got my first digital SLR camera.


Being able to import the images into my computer right away and manipulate them in Photoshop opened up a new world of possiblities for me. For my montages, I shoot anything that catches my eye: landscapes, animals, people, cars, buildings, unusual skies and objects. Then when I'm ready to start a new piece I open up a landscape and build from there. If I don't find what I need in my files, I take my camera out and shoot the image I need and head back to my computer to incorporate it into the photo.


I love photographing people; each face is a completely unique combination of hills and valleys that must be lit just so. Getting the person I'm shooting to relax and enjoy the process as much as I do is a big part of creating images that capture some of their essense.

I still shoot with Nikons - my current primary camera is the D-700."


My digital paintography pieces are created by taking a photograph, or photographing my paintings, then altering them in Photoshop using various techniques and filters to distort and refine the design. The artwork is then printed on canvas or metal.

Art Fabrics

I've been making my own clothes since I was a kid - a trip to Woolworths to pick out a pattern and then browse the fabric department was heaven to me. I never dreamed I'd be able to design my own fabrics, but that technology is here now, and I'm loving it."


Jean Fogelberg divides her time between the mountains of Colorado and an island off the coast of Maine.