Jean Galli

Jean Galli


Painting is my passion. I especially enjoy painting faces, although my work is not “portraiture” in the traditional sense. Faces have always captured my attention. When I was a child, I would draw faces on napkins and everything else I could get my hands on. In recent years, I have expanded my subjects to include figurative and wildlife paintings. My newest fascination is urban and industrial landscapes.

Whether painting faces or bison, my goal is always to draw viewers in; to evoke a feeling when they look at the bold colors, the textures, and the expressions; and to create a composition that reaches out to inspire imagination, create a mood, and ultimately tell a story.  As a self-taught artist, I have always followed my instincts, and let my art naturally evolve. I don’t plan every color or stroke of paint intellectually. I do it intuitively and unconsciously.

During my 34-year career as a corporate in-house graphic designer, I had the opportunity to explore a variety of media, in particular, marker and colored pencils. I have created hundreds of commissioned works of adult, child, and animal portraits.

In 2004, I began teaching mixed media classes at a local art school. It has been a wonderful learning experience for me. Through sharing the creative process, I am constantly challenged and fascinated by my students and their work.

– Jean Galli