"Being able to send something intriguing or beautiful out into the world is a perk - the biggest benefit of being an artist lies within the act of creativity itself. Getting lost in a piece and allowing your subconscious to play and express itself - that's the best nourishment and therapy I know of."
For the next 25 years she supported herself with her music and art, performing in San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, and Lake Tahoe in California; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1980 she wrote The Temptations' hit song, "Power", for Motown legend Berry Gordy.
Moving to Santa Fe in 1989, her paintings of that time depicted scenes of New Mexico and Native American Indians. In 1996, while performing at a Santa Fe cafe, she met, and married, singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. An artist and photographer himself, Dan encouraged Jean to further develop her skills with the camera. Since his untimely death of advanced prostate cancer in 2007, Jean has continued to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation, designing their annual Christmas cards, speaking at events, and encouraging men to become informed. She has been a keynote speaker and honorary chair for the American Cancer Society; she created and maintains a website for caregivers called Don't Lose Heart - Caregivers Caring For Caregivers. Her photographs have appeared in magazines, books, and CD's.
Jean Fogelberg's preferred painting media are acrylic paints and mediums on cotton or raw linen canvas.
"I was given a Brownie Instamatic when I was a kid and I loved taking pictures of everything. I'd make my little sisters pose for me, dress up a cat; whoever and whatever would hold still for me.
Eventually I transitioned to a Nikon F-501 and continued shooting special occasions and vacations, but photography didn't become art for me until I got my first digital SLR camera. I still shoot with Nikons - my current primary camera is the D-700."
"Being able to import photographs into a computer right away and manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® opens up a new world of possiblities.
For my montages, I shoot anything that catches my eye: landscapes, animals, people, cars, buildings, unusual skies and objects. Then when I'm ready to start a new piece I open up a landscape and build from there. If I don't find what I need in my files, I take my camera out and shoot the image I need and head back to my computer to incorporate it into the photo."
"I love photographing people; each face is a completely unique combination of hills and valleys that must be lit just so. Getting the person I'm shooting to relax and enjoy the process as much as I do is a big part of creating images that capture some of their essense."
"My paintography pieces are created by taking a photograph, then altering it in Adobe Photoshop® using various techniques and filters to distort and refine the design. The artwork is then printed on canvas or metal."
"I've been making my own clothes since I was a kid - a trip to Woolworths to pick out a pattern and then browse the fabric department was heaven to me. I never dreamed I'd be able to design my own fabrics, but that technology is here now, and I'm loving utilizing it. My fabric designs are created by taking photographs of small sections of my paintings and manipulating them in Adobe Photoshop®"
"For me, the act of spreading color on a flat surface is very akin to creating music - at once a therapeutic and sacred expression of the human experience."
Jean Fogelberg has shown in galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Oregon; Reno, Nevada; and Ventura, Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Lake Tahoe, California. Her work can be found in private collections from Montecito, California to Bali, Indonesia.
Jean Fogelberg divides her time between the mountains of Colorado and an island off the coast of Maine.