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Jean Winter

About the artist

Jean Winter has been interested and actively involved in
practising art all her life. She was successful in her
matriculation year, receiving high marks in English and Art.
Jean started a course at Adelaide University. (Bachelor of
Arts) studying, anthropology, politics, art history and theory
and drama. In 1985 she experienced an acute mental

Practising art and creative writing are necessary tools for
Jean in maintaining good health. The practice of creative work
has distracted Jean from problematic mental health issues
and has helped her to have a better quality of life. It has had a
therapeutic effect, creating a greater self-awareness, and
empowering her to challenge and manage a debilitating

Jean’s experience in creating hand painted silk art: scarves
and wall hangings have made her a leading exponent of silk
painting. She has exhibited all over the state of South Australia, nationally, and overseas. Her works hang in galleries, businesses and homes.

Jean’s tenacity to live and survive with a mental illness is an
inspiration to many. Studying short courses in art and writing,
provided a positive role in Jean’s life and development. Her
illness led to an isolated existence with Jean studying mostly
by external post. It was in 2011 that Jean decided to study
more extensively and passed with high marks in Certificate 3
and 4 at Marden Secondary College.