The painter Jeanette Le Grue was born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The midnight suns, long days of darkness, and dramatic colors of her childhood inspired her to create uniquely powerful and dramatic work. She moved to California in 1980, and now lives, paints, and operates the F.I.S.H. School of Color, in the small town of Tomales, near the coast of Northern California.     

Jeanette shows her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. She has been the subject of feature articles in Southwest Art Magazine, American Artist Magazine, and Plein Air Scene. She has received numerous awards, including First Place in the American Impressionist Society’s National Show, the Irvine Museum Award at the Hawaii Plein Air Event, the Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, and the Helen De Cozen Award at the American Artists Grand National Exhibition in New York.  

Artist Statement

“I paint in oil in bold fresh color. My subjects include still lifes, figures, interior scenes, garden settings, and landscapes. But my work is not really about the subject itself.  I am more interested in trying to capture the essence of my subject through the lush, luminous, sensual medium of oil paint.

“I paint both in the studio and en plein air. I am inspired by moody days on the water, or patterns of light and dark in the landscape. I try to express the mood or feeling of what I see. I like to paint loose, with large brushes, and apply large spots of color.  Although I paint loose, I work within a strong abstract design. I create unusualClick to preview Painting From Life photo book compositions, sometimes breaking up the frame so that objects are cut off at an odd angle. I see myself as a detective trying to capture the vitality or diversity of a scene. I love patterns of reflected light and subtle nuances of color. I am always experimenting, looking for new ways to express my perceptions and feelings.

“The painters who have inspired and influenced me include such masters as Sergei Bongart, Charles Hawthorne, Joaquin Sorolla, and Franz Bischoff.  They have helped me develop my own approach to color and light.”

Book: Painting From Life


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Galleries, Museums, and National Juried Exhibitions


2010                 Haggin Museum, National Juried Exhibition, Stockton, CA

2001-10             Pasadena Museum of Art, California Art Club 99th Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena, CA

2010                 American Impressionist Society, 11th National Exhibition, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN

2003-09             Napa Valley Museum, Biennial Juried Plein Air Exhibition, Napa, CA

2008                 American Impressionist Society, Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cody Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2006                 Featured Artist, Lee Youngman Gallery, Calistoga, CA

                        Oil Painters of America 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT

2005                 Solo Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA

                        Oil Painters of America 14th annual National Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2001-04             En Couleur Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA

2002-03             Plein Air Painters in the Foothills, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA

2002                 Still Life Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA

2001                 American Impressionist Society, Annual Juried Exhibition, Point Reyes Station, CA                    

2000                 Solo Exhibition, William Lester Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA 

                        American Artist Professional League, Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY

                        Two Person Exhibition, Gallery One, Mendocino, CA 


Plein Air Invitationals & Festivals


2010                 Plein Air-Easton! Easton, MD

2002-09             Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma, CA

2004-09             Telluride Plein Air Invitational, Telluride, CO

2005-07             Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna, CA

                         Sedona Plein Air, Sedona, AZ

                         San Luis Obispo Art Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA

2006                  Hawaii Plein Air, Maui, HI

2002 -05            Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA 

2004                  Airlie Gardens Plein Air Invitational, Wilmington, NC

                         Point Reyes Paint Out, Point Reyes, CA

2002-03             Mission San Juan Capistrano CAC Plein Air Event, San Juan Capistrano, CA




2010                 Third Place, Plein-Air-Easton! Easton, MD

2008                 First Place, American Impressionist Society, Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cody Fine Art

                        Gallery,  Palm Desert, CA

2008                 Award of Excellence, Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

2008                 Honorable Mention, Best of Plein Air, Laguna Beach, CA

2006                 Irvine Museum Award, Hawaii Plein Air Event, Maui, HI

2006                 Third Place, Point Reyes Plein Air, Point Reyes Station, CA

2005                 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2005                 Second Place, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Event, San Luis Obispo, CA

2003                 Artists Choice Award, Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma, CA

2003                 Second Place, San Juan Capistrano CAC Plein Air Event, San Juan Capistrano, CA

2001                 Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society, Annual National Juried Exhibition,   

                        Point Reyes Station, CA

1998                 Helen De Cozen Award, American Artist Professional League Grand National Exhibition,

                        New York, NY




2009                 “Painting From Life”, illustrated biography by Scott Allen Taylor

                        “My World—A Visit with Jeanette Le Grue” November Issue, Southwest Art Magazine

2006                 “High Drama” Feature Article, October Collector’s Issue, Southwest Art Magazine

2003                 Featured Artist, June, Plein Air Scene

2001                 “Artists to Watch, June, Southwest Art Magazine

                        “Best of the West” May, Southwest Art Magazine

                        “Clarifying Color” American Artist Magazine Special Edition


Education and Affiliations


                        American Artists Professional League

                        American Impressionist Society (Signature Member)

                        California Art Club, Artist Member

                        Oil Painters of America

                        Santa Rosa Junior College and Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA)

                        Professional training with artists Neil Epps, Don Ricks, Kevin Macpherson, and Charles Movalli


Gallery Representation


                        Troika Gallery, Easton, MD





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