A native of Northern Michigan, Jean Larson was born in Ishpeming, a small mining town in the Upper Peninsula. She grew up in Traverse City on the shores of Lake Michigan where she established a small studio and worked until 1984, when she moved to Boston in order to broaden her exposure to the art world. Within five years Jean's work gained enormous recognition both at home and abroad, and her paintings can now be found in a number of private collections in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and in galleries across the United States. In 1992 Jean left the United States to settle in a small village in Southern France where once again the natural environment provided further inspiration for her art. In 2010 she spent a year in Iceland where she began to use photography to deepen her expression of the places where the natural world and humans both interconnect and collide. In 2011 and 2012 travels took her to a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where this time the people, particularly the children, were the inspiration for her work. She now expects to spend her time between New York, Iceland and Northern Michigan, with periodic visits back to Africa.
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