About me: 
Jean Batzell Fitzgerald
Mulberry, FL

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I was born in Schenectady, N.Y. to trained fine artists.  My dad was listed in Who's Who in American Art in the 1950's.  Both won several prizes for art.  My father gave one man shows and taught art classes on the side (an art director at General Electric).  So my parents were my inspiration. In later life, my mother was a member of the Maine Women in the Arts and in her seventies won a first prize for watercolor in a large show.   They had a little gallery in the front of their retirement home in Kennebunkport, ME.  I loved to go there.  So I caught that spirit of creativity early on and have been producing crafts, sewing (sewed for a season for a designer on Mulberry Street in Boston but got tired of cranking out the clothes)  painting, sculpting, etc. just about all my life.  

I'm self taught for the most part and in college studied art history as part of my liberal arts education, but except for a few lessons at the museum with my father where he taught classes on Saturdays, I had no other art training. 

Through the years, living in Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Kankakee, IL, Wilmington, N.C., Memphis, TN and now Mulberry, FL, I produced and sold a variety of crafts in various mediums, including resin sculpture, wire sculpture, hand painted cloth sculpture, hand painted plates, porcelain jewelry, polymer clay jewelry (sold to several stores), hand painted shirts and more.  Two of my favorite creations are my sculpted painting and my first wall hanging (65+ pieces of fabric)  Creativity is a natural high for me.

In 1997 I created my own web site specializing in my dog art (added cats soon after) which soon had over 100 pages and for several years I offered a wide variety of products that I affixed my printed out designs to and then accent painted with dimensional paint.  Then, just about the time I was working myself to death, I discovered the "print on demand" company Cafe Press who put my unique dog and cat designs (including dogs and cats inserted into famous art) on over 85 products.  What a blessing that turned out to be!  

In 1999, I was discovered on the internet by Susan Young who ended up featuring me as one of two artists in her book Decorative Painting for Fun and Profit, (Prima Publishing, 2000).   I felt very encouraged to keep going for my dream of making a living on the internet with my art.  I have also signed a contract with a publishing company to illustrate a children's book on dogs that will hopefully be out in 2012.

I am married with two grown kids, four grand kids, a dog and two cats.  Reading, crafting, volunteering and friends take up any "spare" time.

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Jean Batzell Fitzgerald
Mulberry, Florida 33860
            
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