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Jean Purnell


My painting is about trying to capture the essence of something beautiful on a canvas. The beauty of nature creates endless inspiration; I primarily paint landscapes and nature-inspired still life, mainly working in oils. I enjoy the challenge of plein air work.

I moved to Benicia in 2013 after retiring early from an academic and executive administrative career at University of the Pacific. My first connection with the friendly and supportive artist community in Benicia was as a regular gallery visitor on First Street. I became a volunteer with Arts Benicia in 2017, joining them later that year as Development Associate.

I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in November 2017. My studies with Anthony Riggs and Mary Parkerson have been the primary reasons for my development as an artist. I have been accepted into two juried exhibitions in 2019 (Uplift: Celebrating the Sierra Nevada – October, Arts Benicia; Microcosmos II – November, Gallery 621).

Purnell_Wetlands, No. 1.jpg
Purnell_Wetlands, No. 2.jpg
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Spanish Creek II, Quincy, CA.jpg
Purnell_Three Pears.JPG
Spanish Creek, Quincy, CA I -- 12x12, Oil, $275..jpg
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