Jean Welborn was born in Atkinson, Nebraska, in 1990. She works predominantly in the medium of acrylic painting with a collection of work that displays whimsical undertones. Her focus for each piece is shown through her love of strong contrast, rich colors, and a straightforward interpretation from her mind to the canvas. Welborn completed a Bachelor of Arts with distinction at Chadron State College in Chadron in 2012. She has shown work in Lead, South Dakota, at the Lead-Deadwood Arts Center; the Carnegie and Hoff Gardens in Alliance, Nebraska; the West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and the City-County Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jean Welborn lives and works in Blair, Nebraska.
From the Artist:
500 Days is an outdoor art installation comprised of twelve acrylic paintings by Jean Welborn. The site was constructed as a tribute to Welborn’s late grandfather and his small town farmer roots and work ethic. The concept stemmed from looking into an old farmers face where every scar, wrinkle, laugh line, and concerned furrow tells the story of a life. Welborn set out to paint portraits of hard working people then put them out into the same environment that shaped the face and observe the impact of atmosphere and time on the painting. The portraits were painted on canvas, wood, metal, and glass so they would all age and change in their own unique way. Displayed on wooden fence posts, the paintings were positioned in a circle on a ranch in Holt Country, Nebraska. They were left out in the open for five hundred days. Throughout the time they were photographed in a variety of seasons and weather conditions. Welborn kept a blog documenting the effects of time on the paintings as well as the story of her life during the five hundred days at http://jmd500days.tumblr.com/.
Below are a few images of this artist’s work. She is selling her photography prints for $18.99 for an 8×10 and $43.99 for 11×14. To view more images or to purchase art from this Nebraska rural artist, please visit her website at jeanwelborn.com.
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