Landscape: Serenity Sugarloaf Mountain East View

As a landscape painter and primarily a plein air painter, it is always a challenge working on location. This painting was done on top of Sugarloaf Mountain, which is an icon in Montgomery County, MD where I live.  It's distinctive "humpback" shape can be seen from miles around.  I chose to paint not the mountain but the view from the top of the mountain on the east side.  It was a cold day day in early spring and the leaves on the trees budding out in a lovely lavender hue.  Towering evergreens hovered over the rock covered cliff which seemed to emerge  out of the mountain like  giant steps.  I was able to return to the same spot under the same conditions for several days. Finishing the last few strokes in the studio.  The painting is now in the collection of Douglas and Edith Hemingway who also love hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain.

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About Jeanean Songco Martin

Home studio/residence:  21909 Ruby Drive, Boyds MD 20841

Studio E at the Griffin Art Center in Frederick MD: by appointment only

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SHORT BIO:   Jeanean is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art receiving a B.F.A. in painting in 1980.    Jeanean is a painter  and an art educator for thirty years  and is very active in the arts community with portrait and life drawing groups.    She loves painting the Maryland countryside as well as traveling to distant locations to teach and to work.  . She has taught at Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College, Hood College, Montgomery College, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education  Center, Rockville Arts Place, and  Montgomery County Adult Education and most recently has been appointed to the  teaching staff at the newly formed Griffin Art Center.   She has conducted plein-air workshops nationally in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Georgia, South Carolina and abroad in Ireland, England, France and Germany.  She exhibits widely and has had  solo exhibits at universities and colleges.  Jeanean is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Maryland Federation of Art.    Her work may be seen at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD and at Studio E  at the Griffin Art Center in Frederick MD.



 A painter and musician for thirty years, Jeanean’s paintings are testament to her grasp of structure, composition and rhythm. Her pieces are built from gestural impressions and layered energetic surfaces. Her plein-air style reflects a direct reaction to nature.  Her bravura brushstrokes capture fleeting moments of billowing clouds, distant mountains and waterways and open fields bursting with color. Her style incorporates both subtle, smokey, scumbling and an aggressively loaded brush.  Jeanean's direct bravura painting style is influenced by many sources.  In early 19th c. European Barbizon School, Russian & Munich Styles, French and American Impressionist.  Her palette reflects the immediate feeling of light and air.   Jeanean's figurative work is equally energetic and yet sensitive, combining subtle glazes and strong direct painting. Her portraits and figures are convincingly structured and emotionally charged.  Jeanean loves the Maryland countryside as well as traveling to distant locations. She is currently working on a series in New Mexico.   Her lifelong interest in painting was nurtured by such mentors as Abbey Sangiamo, Phillip Koch, Raoul Middleman and Peter Collier. Jeanean has a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, teaches locally and travels to paint on location.