Jeanne McLeish was born in Clinton, Indiana and began painting in 1970. Working in both watercolor and oil, she creates images that reflect her deep love of nature as well as her fascination with color and light.
Her paintings have been included in numerous annual exhibitions including the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artists Club, Wabash Valley Exhibition, Realism Today, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Awards include Best of Show in the Watercolor Society of Indiana 2004, the Indiana Artists Club Annual 2009 and First Brush of Spring in New Harmony, IN in 2012 and View Point 48, a national juried art competition in 2016.
Jeanne began teaching watercolor classes in 1977. She was an instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center between 1985 and 1990. She often teaches outdoor workshops that focus on the challenges of plein air painting. During the summer of 2011, Jeanne served as the National Park Service’s artist in residence at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore Park. She served as artist in residence in 2016 in Shades State Park as part of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration, Arts in the Parks.
She is a Cardinal Fellow of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, and is also a member of the Indiana Artists Club, the Hoosier Salon Patron’s Association, the Indiana Heritage Arts and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
Her artwork can be found in many private and public collections, including the Tippecanoe Courthouse permanent collection (Lafayette, IN), the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN), the Swope Museum of Art (Terre Haute, IN), St. Francis Hospital (Mooresville, IN), the Indiana Governor’s Residence Collection and the Indiana State Museum’s permanent collection.
Jeanne’s paintings are displayed at the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, IN and at Color Works Framing and Art Gallery, which she owns and operates in Mooresville, IN.
Artist’s Statement: “My paintings are an expression of my reverence for the natural world. The certainty of its ever-changing beauty is a constant source of wonder and comfort to me. I hope my paintings serve to remind viewers of the peace and beauty found outdoors.”