Jeanie Gooden

Artist Statement

My life seems to be a process of creating. In my early life, the process involved music. Later, the creative process was developing art partnerships while working as the Director of Development and Marketing for a fine art museum. During that time, I developed a love for non-representational art.

I currently paint in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in a studio surrounded by gardens. Like many painters, I enjoy changes in light and environment. The differences in the surfaces of the work created in the urban studio as compared to those created in a historic Colonial setting are intriguing. The change in the energy is just one of the subtle but significant differences that I enjoy. Painting in Mexico, with its extraordinary light and wonderful culture, is becoming an intimate part of my work.

Acrylics are my primary medium but I am beginning to enjoy painting in oil as well. Creating large scale pieces and exploring color stories and materials are my current interest.

My emotions and feelings appear in my paintings. Through my choice of color, brushes, texture or movement, I begin a dialogue that dances between clarity and confusion. For me, painting is about making an initial commitment to the canvas and then embracing where that commitment takes me. Often I end a day of painting with the piece in a very different place than I expected or planned. Listening to the canvas is important to me. Using restraint to maintain what the canvas gives me is a skill that I constantly try to embrace and master.

I have a great fondness for graffiti and while there are no social statements in my current work, the feel and spontaneity of graffiti is often there. In some cases, I write into the surface of a painting.

For the most part, I feel that painting is not a great mystery. I have often been advised and prompted to explain the meaning of my paintings. I prefer to allow people to look and see without direction. There are many emotions that I layer onto paintings, some are easily translated and others not. Unbiased interpretation is usually much more interesting and varied than anything I could suggest.

I have believed for some time that fear has no place in the process of making art. I make a conscious effort to try and maintain this idea as a foundation for my work. The joy I have in making art is captured within the moments of completion and release, meaning when the canvas becomes a painting and when a person connects with that painting. It is this challenging and satisfying combination that drives me to paint again and again.

Selected Corporate Collections

+ Ernst And Young
+ Hall Estill Law Firm
+ TMA Systems
+ Clarehouse
+ The Albert and Hete Barthalemes Foundation
+ Armstrong Project
+ SEMGROUP LP
+ Barrow and Grimm Law Firm
+ ZIM Graphic and Design
+ Dallas Design Group

Private Collectors

+ Tulsa, Oklahoma
+ Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex
+ Aspen, Colorado
+ San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+ Scottsdale, Arizona
+ Naples, Florida
+ Los Angeles, California
+ London England
+ Nashville, Tennessee
+ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
+ New York, New York
+ Austin, Texas
+ Omaha, Nebraska
+ Hinsdale, Illinois

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Signed in Red, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2007 Beyond the Lines of Language, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2006 Against the Walls, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2006 Not Just Black and White, alQuimia 4, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2004 From Two Cities, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Group Exhibitions

2009 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2008 Our Many Rhythms, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2007 M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma