Think you can’t paint?

Students painting

Think you can’t paint? Oh, sure, maybe you’ve tried it. You remember painful moments in school where you envied the kid next to you who seemingly could draw anything – even Spiderman. But your efforts? Well, maybe that’s what drove you to studying accounting. Or maybe you found creative solutions to hide your humiliation and […]






Happy New Year and a Gift for You

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful new year ahead. May it bring you all joy, peace and prosperity.  I also have a New Years gift for you. I invite you to download this free eBook describing the properties of oil paint that will help you make informed purchases and get the most from your paint. You’ll have to […]






Classes and workshops for 2017

Student painting the figure

I’ll be teaching several classes and workshops in 2017. Here is the upcoming schedule. If you’d like more information or wish to sign up for my private studio classes or workshops, click the link for information and sign up. Private Classes in my studio – Jan-May; Jul-Nov   (Begins January 6th – monthly enrollment. Charcoal Portrait workshop […]






Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny is one of the paintings in my current show. It continues the theme of looking at our relationship with and connection to nature. Manifest destiny was a 19th century belief in the destiny of settlers to expand westward across the United States, and remake the land and culture. It served to justify, as a moral imperative, both the expansion […]






At the Crossroads – and show reminder

At the Crossroads, Jean Reece Wilkey, oil, 39x27 in

My dogs chase rabbits. Normally that is not a problem since they are not fast enough to catch Jack Rabbits. But once in a while I get panicked when they chase a little bunny. Little white-tailed desert bunnies, although they are fast, are not always the wisest about where to find quick shelter under a […]






Intersections show opens Oct 7

painting of white orchid blooms

You are all invited to come out to my solo show, Intersections, at The Gallery at Big Picture. It opens on Friday, October 7 with a free reception on ramble night from 5 – 7 pm. The show runs through October. The gallery is located at 311 N Main st. in Las Cruces. 575-647-0508. I hope […]






Portrait of Tess

oil sketch of Tess, oil on panel, 16x12in, Jean Wilkey

Tess took painting classes from me. She was already quite talented and drew well. I shared the basics of painting in oils with her. Then she became a teen ager and I lost her to boys. This is an oil sketch I did of her using a less limited palette. It’s basically the Zorn palette, along with a […]






Portrait of Zoie on a Monday

portrait of Zoie, oil on panel, 14 x 11 in

Having a model is a great way to start off the week. This was a quick two-hour portrait study of Zoie, one of my students. She’s a great model. Didn’t move an inch! I used the Zorn palette that I wrote about last post, which consists of Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red light, Ivory Black and Titanium White. This is […]