September-October 2013 | OIL'S WELL

Jeanne Mueller



Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

As a precocious 4-year-old, budding artist Jeanne Mueller had painted her mother’s sofa. Although that particular effort didn’t wind up winning any awards, a passion for creativity was ignited. After having retired to the Delaware shore many years later, Jeanne rediscovered her enthusiasm for painting, becoming one of the area’s most prominent self-taught artists in the process. In her paintings, she creates visual sensations and atmosphere through color, light and shape that bring life to her work in a variety of media.

Jeanne is a partner in Gallery One, a co-op gallery of local artists, in Ocean View. She holds membership in the Rehoboth Art League, the Art League of Ocean City, Oil Painters of America and Delaware by Hand. She has won awards in many local shows, as well as at the Biggs Museum in Dover, and her art is sought-after among many private collectors along the East Coast.

“I love art and the process of creating art,” said Mueller. “To quote Twyla Tharp: ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ So true. I can lose all sense of time and space while creating a new piece of art. I enjoy taking an abstract 
idea of mine and making it come to life, expressing what I feel about a particular subject in a variety of media, including oil and pastel.

“I do, however, have a weakness for painting landscapes and streetscapes, especially the area where we live,” she continued. “I never tire of trying to express artistically my feelings for the natural beauty and atmosphere I see in the setting I am painting. I also enjoy painting anything that has to do with food — whether it’s a restaurant, veggies or fruit, set up as still-life subjects. And every now and then, I love to experiment with abstraction and collage. I feel it’s good to break away from what you are familiar with and explore doing something totally different.”


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