Jean Sullivan paintings
Exhibited November, 2007

       Painting is enough of a challenge on the two-dimensional surface of a canvass; Globe resident Jean Sullivan takes that a step further -- painting "in the round" on gourds. The artist included some of her gourd artworks with an exhibit of Sonoran desert landscapes during the month of November, 2007.

       "I remember the exact moment that I became an Arizonan. It was the summer of 1954. My father, mother (who was pregnant with my brother), my sister and I had traveled across the country from Virginia in a rickety old Ford pickup with all our possessions in the back. Our destination was Sacaton, Arizona where my father was to be employed as a teacher. My first few weeks in Arizona were miserable ones. I was terribly homesick for the lush greenery of Virginia. Then, one magical afternoon, my family and I took a picnic supper to a little foothill called "Sacaton Mountain" where I climbed to the top and witnessed my first Arizona sunset. That was the exact moment when I became an Arizonan and knew that this was to be my home for the rest of my life. Many of my pastels, watercolors and oil paintings reflect my love of the Arizona sunset. As far as I'm concerned, there are no other sunsets like ours."

"I studied art at Northern Arizona University and I wanted desperately to be a full time artist. Unfortunately, I listened to the "wisdom" of my elders who told me I would never be able to make a living as an artist and that I needed to be a teacher instead. Now, at the age of 62, I am finally on the verge of achieving my dream. I will be retiring next summer from Arizona State Prison in Globe where I teach GED and literacy."

      "This opportunity to show my work at Arboretum (my first solo exhibit) is very symbolic for me. Throughout my youth in the 50's and 60's, my family came to Arboretum. It has always been a magical place to me and Picket Post has always been my sacred mountain. One of my works in this exhibit is a watercolor of Picket Post."

      I go through phases with my art. I will work with oil, watercolor, pastels, pen, pencil drawings and decorated gourds. I also design sweater patterns which I am hoping to publish. My subjects are also varied. I do landscapes, portraits, animals and still life."

       "I live in a 1945 bungalow-style home in Globe, Arizona which I am slowly restoring. It has a garage in the back that will become my studio. I have three grown sons and two beautiful granddaughters," she added.
Participating artists donate a percentage back to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to help support botanical education and conservation. If you have questions about ordering prints, please contact Jean by phone at 928-425-2488 or via email to
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitor Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Summer hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May-through-August). The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

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