Jean Hutchison

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Jean Hutchison began to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon and her parents fostered her talent, taking her by train on Saturdays to the Art Institute of Chicago for lessons. Her father, with no boys in the household convinced her to go to pharmacy school where she developed an avid interest in science. She later graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an English major, Art and Science minors, plus teacher’s certification.From this diverse background she developed a passion for art and science with a primary focus on the animal kingdom and the study of evolution. Her scientific knowledge has morphed into large paintings and drawings of animals both wild and domestic, including mythological elements and sometimes changing the animals into borderline homo sapiens. Her large painting, “ Birds of the World”, which included the classical phoenix bird, won the $5000 Best of Show at the Society of the Four Arts in palm Beach, Florida.Her work has been shown at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida, The Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and The West Bend Art Museum in West Bend, Wisconsin. An exhibitor in national juried shows, she has won numerous awards, and her work hangs in many public and private collections. A resident of Florida since 1986, her paintings are currently being featured in galleries, collection and museums throughout the state. She hopes that “Fashion Evolution”, as her current works are titled, will provoke people to think how humans can evolve in a positive direction, even as fashions change.