After receiving a degree in Art Education from Penn State University in 1968, Jean Patiky began her career as an artist and teacher in the Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools. She continued to paint and teach when she moved to New York City in 1973. In 1979, Jean moved to Florida where she was instantly drawn to Miami’s magical light and chose the medium of watercolor to capture the brilliantly saturated tropical colors of her new home.
As an instructor and arts administrator for Miami Dade College’s Department of Continuing Education, she taught many students with virtually no prior experience in art. “As a teacher, one of my greatest pleasures is to encourage students of all ages to find their own personal style.
In 2006, Jean chose to move to Providence to return home to the landscape of her youth and the ever-changing beauty of the four seasons.
New England, with the rolling hillsides, farms, dunes, and harbors of Rhode Island have become an inspiration for her most recent work. She serves as Board Member of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities as well as the Paul Cuffee School where she also assists in the art Department. She is an exhibiting artist member of the Providence Art Club, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.
Jean’s work has appeared in many juried, group, and solo shows including: Miami’s Metropolitan Museum, The Miami Watercolor Society, the Bandel Gallery, Gallery Morada, The Sky Gallery ,SunTrust International Gallery, the LongHouse Reserve, the Mill Gallery, Central Gallery, the Stone House 1854, and at the Providence Art Club.
In 2000, Jean launched her business, Patiky Hand-Signed Art Cards. These cards have been used as corporate gifts and sold at the Garden Gift Shop at the MFS’s Boston’s “Art in Bloom”. Recently, these art cards have been selected by Jack Lenor Larsen for the museum shop INSTORE@LongHouse at the LongHouse Reserve, and are also being sold at the Pollock-Krasner House Gift Shop, both in East Hampton, NY. Corporate clients include
Flight Options, The Moorings Village Resort and the Peabody Hotels.