Biography

Jean Finlayson was born in Montreal and then raised for ten years in Northern Quebec. Her parents homesteaded in Farmborough, East of Rouyan –Noranda. She discovered her love for the Canadian Shield during her childhood and has become quite proficient at capturing the colors, textures, light and feeling for the landscape in her oil and casein paintings. In the late fifties, Jean enrolled in art classes affiliated with Sir George William College, now Concordia University in Montreal. Between the 60’s and the early 2000’s, she has earned a living working with textiles, creating clothing, braided rugs, and fun cat toys. Now that she has 'semi-retired' from working with textiles, she has come back full circle to her love of painting. During the last few years, Jean has produced several landscape paintings. Her subjects are nature scenes found in places such as Algonquin Park to neighbourhood sites. All her paintings reflect her deep connection to the land as well as her respect for rocks, water, trees and soil. She can turn a ordinary wetland into something beguiling by capturing the spirit of the place. She can paint rocks that give the sense of stability and permanence. Her use of colors aid in defining feeling of being right there and almost touching the life within the scenery.
Jean has been accepted into several juried shows in the Hastings County area, including the Annual ‘Expression’ art exhibition at the John Parrott Gallery in Belleville, Mysteries of the Park at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre and several smaller exhibitions close to home.
Jean is currently working out of her home North of Madoc, surrounded by organic gardens, trees, wetland and fields. She shares her home with a dog, three  cats and wildlife that lives on the property. She frequently participates in weekend paint-outs with the East Central Ontario Art Association.  These outings have given Jean tremendous opportunities to work alongside with some of Ontario's greatest artists.


Jean paints both plein air and in her  studio. She loves to capture the landscape scenes in their various seasons and compositions and recreate them on canvas. She paints from Algonquin Park, ON to Bon Echo Park and at many of her weekend paintouts throughout Central and Eastern Ontario. She often finds interesting scenes just around her home farm North of Madoc. She uses Oils, Acrylics and Caseins on stretch canvas and on canvas board.

Please take the time to view her paintings on this website, although the photographs do not always do justice to the art work, so please keep in mind the digital distortions that may occur while uploading pics.

 Enjoy.