biography










Jean is the author of "Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People". She has been painting for over twenty years, balancing her strong teaching abilities, and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form.

Jean's traditional practice includes referential imagery of people, still life, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers Jean an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Although Pederson is well known for her mastery of watercolours, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression.

The portraits in her paintings are based on people who she has met or impacted her. These subjects in her paintings often reflect different walks of life as well as diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. We are hard pressed to find a period in time when the human figure wasn't represented. Finding a way to express the human figure in a language that reflects the twenty-first century is perhaps the greatest challenge in figurative work today.

Jean has work placed in the Royal Collection in Winsor England, and has been honored with numerous National and International awards over the years. In 2005 Jean was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award, granted for her many honors, awards, international writing to promote art education, and consistent, exceptional painting.

Jean Pederson has exhibited her work Internationally in China, London England, Stockholm Sweden, New York -United Nations, San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada.

She has completed a body of work for Public Exhibitions dealing with the changes that have occurred within the social fabric of Rural Canada. This body of work is explored outside Jean's traditional practices, encompassing fragments from the past and present. Parts of the family farm, old receipts, fragments of the homestead (pieces of linoleum, doors, moldings, shingles), and photographs were used in an attempt to tell the story of the ever-changing landscape and social fabric of the prairies.

This work is as eclectic as the people who made up the rural society. Jean has included paintings, collage (using the old documents to symbolize all that is left of the family farm), Polaroid transfers of old and new photographs, and installations using the pieces of the old house to tell this story. The fragment represents all that is left from 100 years of farming in my family.

Farm Fragments is currently traveling to a variety of Public Galleries.

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selected public collections
  • The Royal Collection, London, England
  • Laramie Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • MOCA (Triangle Gallery), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Bow Valley Artist Garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
selected corporate and private collections
  • Covenant Real Estate, Alberta
  • Fairchild Resources, Alberta
  • Kinderhook Resources, Alberta
  • The Mustard Seed, Alberta
  • A.G.R.A. Collection, Alberta
  • Phillips Bros., Alberta
  • Diploma Collection, C.S.P.W.C., Alberta
  • Doris McCarthy, Alberta
  • Agrium Collection, Alberta

affiliations

  • Sponsored by Winsor and Newton
  • American Watercolor Society (AWS Signature Member)
  • Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (C.S.P.W.C.)
  • Alberta Society of Artists (A.S.A. Signature Member)
  • Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA Senior Signature Member)
  • California Watercolor Association (MCWA Master Signature Member)
education and related travels
  • London England, travel study for works in the Royal Collection,
    National Portrait Gallery, and National Gallery, 2000
  • New York, travel study for works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
    The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern art., 2003, 05, 06
  • 1985, B.Ed. from the University of Calgary (Major in Fine Arts)
  • 1983, B.P.E from the University of Calgary
selected awards
  • 2013 - Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for contribution to the arts
  • 2011 - Jurors Award - C.W.A. - Gallery Concord – San Francisco
  • 2010 - Walter J. Philips Award - CIPA - Mount Royal University
  • 2010 - Finalist – The Artist’s Magazine – Experimental– U.S.A.
  • 2009 - The Charles Comfort Medal - C.S.P.W.C. - Leighton Centre, Alberta
  • 2009 - Swinton Award - C.S.P.W.C.
  • 2008 - The Charles Comfort Medal - C.S.P.W.C. - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2008 - Mario Cooper and Dale Meyers Medal - A.W.S. 141st International Exhibition, N.Y.
  • 2007 - Certificate of Honour with Medal - Jiangsu Water Colour Research Institute - China
  • 2007 - Jarvis Award - C.S.P.W.C. - Toronto, ON
  • 2007 - Presidents Award - C.S.P.W.C. - Toronto, ON
  • 2007 - M. Graham Award - N.W.W.S. International Exhibition - Seattle, WA
  • 2006 - Daler Rowney Award - C.S.P.W.C. - Toronto, ON
  • 2006 - Merit Award - T.W.S.A. International Exhibition - Elmhurst, IL
  • 2006 - Honorable Mention - N.W.W.S. International Exhibition - Seattle, WA
  • 2005 - Grand Prize - Painting on the Edge International Exhibition -Vancouver, BC
  • 2005 - Early Achievement Award - Presented for the first time by the F.C.A - Vancouver
  • 2005 - Finalist - The Artist's Magazine - Portraits - U.S.A.
  • 2004 - Best Water Media of Show - CIPA Nation Exhibition - Masters Gallery - Calgary, AB
  • 2004 - Finalist - The Artist's Magazine - Portraits - U.S.A.
  • 2003 - Opus Award - Paintings on the Edge International Exhibition - Vancouver, BC
  • 2003 - Finalist - Artist's Magazine - Portraits - U.S.A.
  • 2003 - Silver Medal, Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists - Canada
  • 2002 - Gold Medal, New York Adirondacks International Exhibition - U.S.A.
  • 2002 - Honorable Mention - Artist's Magazine Competition - U.S.A.
  • 2001 - A.W.S. - Silver Medal of Honor - U.S.A.
  • 2001 - C.W.A. - Silver Medal - U.S.A.
  • 2001 - Finalist - Artists Magazine - Portraits - U.S.A.
  • 2000 - C.S.P.W.C. - S.J. Sloan Award - A Brush with History - Toronto, ON
  • 2000 - C.S.P.W.C. - H. K. Holbein Award - Open Watercolour Exhibition - Toronto, ON
  • 2000 - Watercolour West - National Watercolour Society Award U.S.A.
  • 1999 - Honorable Mention - Artists' Magazine - Portraits - U.S.A.
  • 1999 - The Evans Award - Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1999 - 1st Place - Signature Show, Western Canadian Artists F.C.A. - Calgary, AB
  • 1998 - 4th Place - Windsor and Newton International Watercolour Competition - U.S.A.
selected collections and commissions
  • The Royal Collection, London, England
  • Covenant Real Estate, Alberta
  • Fairchild Resources, Alberta
  • Kinderhook Resources - Alberta
  • Coe & Company International: Udderly Art for The Mustard Seed - Alberta
  • A.G.R.A. Collection - Alberta
  • Phillips Bros. - Alberta
  • Diploma Collection, C.S.P.W.C. - Ontario
  • Doris McCarthy - Ontario
  • Agrium Collection - Alberta
selected solo exhibitions
  • 2011 Centre 64 Public Gallery, Kimberley, B.C.
  • 2011 Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, Estevan, Saskatchewan
  • 2010 Red Deer District Museum, Red Deer, Alberta
  • 2010 The Avens Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
  • 2009 Pynlogs Public Gallery, Invermere, B.C.
  • 2007 Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • 2005 Leighton Centre, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2002 Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • 1998 Unisourse Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
selected exhibitions
  • 2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00 - CSPWC Open Water Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2012 - Group Exhibition, F.C.A. Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2012 - Pennsylvania Watercolor Society State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2012 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
  • 2011 - C.W.A. National Exhibition, Gallery Concord, Concord, California
  • 2010 - C.I.P.A. International Portrait Exhibition, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2010 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
  • 2010 - T.W.S.A. International Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Wyoming
  • 2009 - Drawing Project 2009, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, Georgia
  • 2008 - Triangle Gallery Atrist's Circle Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2008, 07, 06, 05, 01 - A.W.S. 134th International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, N.Y., N.Y.
  • 2009 - CIPA International Portrait Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2008, 07 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
  • 2007, 05, 03, 02, 01, 00 - C.W.S. National Exhibition, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2007, 06, 03 - N.W.W.S. Exhibition, Artists Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2006 - CIPA National Open Exhibition, Red Deer Museum, Red Deer
  • 2006 - T.W.S.A. 30th International Exhibition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
  • 2005, 04, 03 - Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2004 - CIPA National Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2004 - C.S.P.W.C. 80th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition
  • 2002 - 2003 International Watercolour Exhibition, National Watercolour Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2002 - Search for the Human Essence, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2001 - Royal Collection Exhibition, traveling exhibition: Canada House, London, England: O'Connor Gallery, Toronto, Ontario: Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 - A Brush With History: The first 75 Years, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2000 - Your World In The Year 2000, International Exhibition, Winsor and Newton, traveling exhibition: New York (United Nations): London, England: Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1999 - 2000 Mexico/ Canadian Watercolour Exhibition, Mexico
  • 1996 - 2005 The Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • 1996 - 2000 The Artnest Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
selected publications
  • 2013 - Author of "Mixed Media Painting Workshops" North Light Publications
  • 2007 - Author of "Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People" North Light Publications
  • 2010 - Author of "Artists Pocket Guide to Better Painting" North Light Publications
  • 2010 - North Light Publications "Sketchbook Confidentials"
  • 2013, 11, 10, 08, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01 - Watercolor Artist/Magic
  • 2010 - Author of "Artists Pocket Guide to Better Painting"
  • 2010 - Contributing Artist for North Light Publication "Sketchbook Confidentials"
  • 2010 - CCP Video of Jean's work
  • 2009 - American Artists Watercolor Summer Issue, Feature Article
  • 2008-Jun-16 - Wyoming Tribute Eagle, Article by Karen Cotton
  • 2009 - Feature Water Media Artist for Daniel Smith International Catalogue
  • 2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 1999 - Artist's Magazine
  • 2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02 - Canada's Who's Who
  • 2004, 03, 01, 00 - International Artist
  • 2007, 06, 04 - Splash 14, 10, 9, 8 - F & W Publications
  • 2005 - Magazin' Art - October
  • 2000 - The First Seventy Years - Historical Book A.S.A.
  • 2000 - Our World in the Year 2000 - Windsor and Newton
teaching
  • Contributing Editor for "The Artist's Magazine"
  • Chairperson for National C.S.P.W.C. Water Media Symposium - University of Calgary
  • Red Deer College - Series 2014, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04
  • Alberta Collage of Art and Design - Extension, 2000-2014
  • C.B.E. - Art Education, 1985-1999
  • Variety of workshops taught to groups across Canada/U.S.A.