Jean Jain

Artist's Statement

     I began formal art training under George Palmer in 1970 at D’Youville College while pursuing a BA in French. I also hold an MLS degree in School Library Media from University at Buffalo. I have studied watercolor under various local art teachers in classes and workshops. I became interested in Chinese painting in 1986, while spending three months in China, where I took private lessons in Chinese Brush painting from Dalien art professor, Sun Fu-Yi. I continued my study of “xie yi” or free brush painting with Chinese mineral and vegetable based watercolors and ink on rice paper in Buffalo with artist May Lee and since 1995 with master teacher, Theresa Yi-Yuan Lee. Both ink and watercolor are applied with brushes in calligraphic strokes and washes.

     I have developed my own personal style which encompasses Chinese materials and methods melded with both Eastern and Western philosophies, subjects and scenes found in nature and everyday life in China, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. My international travels have been a great source of inspiration.

     I sign my name in Chinese calligraphy along with my traditional red seal or “chop” that designates my name or a short Chinese phrase. My name transliterated in Chinese means gold and crystal.  My English signature is usually hidden in the painting, appearing whimsically like an insect climbing up a branch or cliff--symbolizing the small role played by humans in the grand scheme of the universe.

     I also enjoy painting watercolors on Arches watercolor paper. I also paint realistic landscapes, animals and people with soft and hard pastels on sanded pastel board. I enjoy experimenting with strokes and colors in new works.

     I am a member of the Western New York Artists Group, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, the Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters and Buffalo Niagara Art Association. I teach traditional Chinese Brush Painting at Hyatts: All Things Creative.

I can be reached via Email: or by phone at (716) 633-5932

"Chinese Cliffs"

17 1/4 x 15

Watercolor & Ink on Rice Paper

"Serene Mountain Pass"

10 x 13

Watercolor on Arches WC Board

"Pink Peonies"

12 x 12



10 x 8

Watercolor on Arches WC Board