Jean Richardson Biography

Jean Richardson





Jean Richardson, painter and printmaker, was born in Hollis, Oklahoma in 1940. When her father was drafted to serve in World War II, her mother moved with her to San Antonio, Texas and it was there, at the age of seven, where Richardson attended her first art lesson at the Witte Museum. Two years later her father returned from Europe and the family moved to Columbia, South Carolina. After graduating from high school, Richardson attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia on an art scholarship and she earned her B.F.A. degree.

Richardson was married at age twenty-one and soon had a family of three to care for. They were living in Georgia and Alabama but she was able to draw upon her artistic training and teach art education in schools and museums.

In the late 1970s, Richardson briefly attended the Art Students League in New York. She returned to Oklahoma and set up her studio and she was soon included in the Oklahoma Annuals at the Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, the Minnesota Museum of Art, and the Gilcrease Museum. Her paintings are held in numerous corporate collections nationally.

Richardson is primarily a painter who focuses on equine art and abstraction. She wrote, ”I love the animal. I was raised around horses and I know them well. But that’s not what my paintings are about. They’re about the horse as a metaphor. Unbridled energy, striving, sometimes heroic. The horse as a symbol of the human spirit.”