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Jean LeGassick was born in California in 1950 and lived there for her first 47 years. She graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 1979 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

LeGassick paints in plein air because “nature is the greatest teacher.” She prefers to travel by truck camper, so she can camp at the source of her inspiration. She often uses mule pack train sand hikes with art supplies carried on her back to remote campsites, immersing herself in the natural world. Her favorite places to paint are the rugged mountains, deserts, and seashores of the West.

As a longtime art instructor, LeGassick continues to occasionally teach oil painting workshops.

LeGassick was recently honored by being chosen as one of six artists filmed for the PBS series, “Plein-Air: Painting the American Landscape” shown on public television stations across the nation.

Jean LeGassick resides in Cedarville, a tiny town in the rural north-east corner of California.

Selected Collections

LeGassick’s work can be found in important public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art

Professional Membership

Signature Member, Plein Air Painters of America; Signature Member, California Art Club

Selected Press

Newspapers & Magazines: California Art Club Newsletter (Winter 2013), PleinAir Magazine (December 2004), American Artist’s Workshop Magazine (Summer 2008)

Books: Enchanted Isle: The History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island by Jean Stern, Roy C. Rose, and Molly Siple, with Barbara Doutt et al. and California Light: A Century of Landscapes: Paintings of the California Art Club by Jean Stern and Molly Siple

Selected Achievements

1995
Honorable Mention at the CAC 86th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition held at the Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CA

Press and Publications

Los Angeles Times - Intuition: A Focus on Women

Personal Touches Reflect Female Artists’ “Intuition” in Glendale News-Press May 10, 2016

A contemporary exhibit by a group of women artists brings to mind all manner of installations, objects and videos that traffic in personal disclosure, laceration, exhibitionism and indictment. Not so …

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American Legacy Fine Arts in Plein Air Collector On-Line

Intuition: A Focus on Women Artists article in Plein Air’s Magazine on-line Plein Air Collector May 2016

From May 7-28, American Legacy Fine Arts in Pasadena, California, is hosting a show featuring the art of Jean LeGassick, Jennifer Moses, Teresa Oaxaca, Alicia N. Ponzio, and Amy Sidrane. …

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American Legacy Fine Arts presents Jean LeGassick and Kate Sammons in Southwest Art Magazine April 20163.

Jean LeGassick, Kate Sammons and Mian Situ in Southwest Art Magazine April 2016

More than a century ago, a cadre of prominent painters came together to establish the California Art Club. Today the club continues to thrive as an artistic home to respected …

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Jean LeGassick Featured in Plein Air Magazine May 2012 Issue
Jean LeGassick Featured in American Artist Workshop Magazine Summer 2008 Issue

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