Born and raised in New York City, Jeannie Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction. She studied painting at Bard College and the Art Students League in New York. Continuing with her art after college, she became active in arts education at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, until relocating to Cambridge, MA, where she worked at Boston University for the graduate program in Arts Administration from 2002 to 2015. Her work has been featured in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.
“I am amazed by the images and mysteries of creation — like the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and my own physicality during the painting process. I often create large scale paintings where sprays of black and color seem to fly off the edges. There’s an intimacy to that space but also an immensity. The process I use and the mere physicality of it help me explore the spacial complexities which yield marvelous surprises that carry me in directions I cannot anticipate. It is like a dance with a creative partner gently leading me into moves I have not yet experienced.
My palette is very much influenced by the sea and the sky and the earth, but I am often drawn to black, a dynamic color that expresses the balance between the formal and emotional aspects of my work”.