About the Artist

Jean KhanbegianJean Khanbegian died peacefully in Windham, NH on May 21, 2015. Through Jean’s masterful paintings, she has left a legacy of beauty and truth that continues to touch and inspire those who’ve collected her works both nationally and internationally.

Jean Khanbegian studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League in New York; she also worked on the editorial staff as a contributing author for the English magazine The Artist - American Edition in New York.

Jean's book Painting Sea and Sky, first published by Pitman and later by Grosset and Dunlap, has been widely distributed around the world. In her recent book, Sea, Sky and Coastal Moods, Jean illustrates with her masterful paintings, invaluable techniques and essential principles for artists who aspire to create meaningful works of art. Her book Hoofbeats in the Sea features Jean's original painting series of Sable Island horses, and other Sable wildlife, a subject which has captivated her from earliest years growing up in Nova Scotia.

Jean’s seascapes have won several awards in New York, and she’s had her own gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, for twenty years. Her paintings have appeared on Reader’s Digest covers and are included in private collections across the United States, Canada and Europe. Jean is listed in Who’s Who in Artists International and Who’s Who in American Women.

Jean's Reflections on Her Art

I think I have always painted the sea. Growing up on the rugged coast of Nova Scotia, the sea with all its drams, ancient rocks, seabirds, fierce wings and wild grasses seemed to spiral past the boundaries of my mind and connect me to something deep, sacred and eternal. I became more aware of an intangible force behind all things, a harmony and moment in time, my own experience and acceptance to it. This is where the challenge and wellsprings of my own creativity exist.

I try to portray truth in my art...to energize my paintings with movement and light...to capture the long mist as it rolls in from the headlands, the rising storm or the lonely cry of seabirds as they speak for all things wild.

Sable Island Horses, for example, which I've loved and painted over the years in a series of paintings entitled Hoofbeats in the Sea, symbolizes the essence of what I love to paint. Wild and free, these horses have existed for centuries on a tiny wind-swept island in the North Atlantic. Their origins remain a mystery, but they are now a breed forever wedded to the sea.

Truly, one who has lived by the sea can never again be free of it. So it has been with me.