Jean Monti A daughter, waiting at the door to welcome you home; a son, presenting you with
a handpicked bouquet of wildflowers; a granddaughter, lying on your couch,
engrossed in a favorite fairy taleóthese are Jean Montiís Memories of the
Heartô. Jean captures these simple, timeless moments in her paintings which
celebrate the joys of childhood and family. Each of her works evokes an emotion
that is personal, yet universal, inviting the viewer to recall and reflect on
perfectly preserved scenes of innocence, love and security. Jeanís artistic
signature is recognizable for her realistic style and serene lighting which
infuses every scene and bathes her subject in a soft glow.
Growing up in a family of six children in Rhode Island, Montiís early artistic
influence came from her mother in the form of arts and crafts. Working along
side her older brother, who had muscular dystrophy and inspired her with his
determination, Monti developed a passion for painting.
Following her graduation from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design,
Monti pursued a successful career in commercial art. After the births of her
children, she concentrated on pursuing a career in fine art.
Jeanís images are inspired by her personal memories. She begins by
photographing children, and sometimes their parents, interacting naturally in a
specific setting. Each painting begins with a pencil sketch. Then, Jean paints
with oils, slowly building with transparent washes.
Though relatively new to the fine art scene, her highly sought after works are
already in numerous private homes and collections nationwide and Monti has
gained a reputation as an artist to watch.