jeanine sobell pastore

b. 1959, Charlottesville, Virginia

“My approach to making art is guided by intuition and intense observation of the subject, be it a landscape, figure or domestic interior.  The act of painting releases a stream of consciousness and creative energy that reveals my view of reality, which is not always what I expect to see.  The tension between visual perception and engaging with the paint itself guides my process.  It straddles the line between realism and abstraction.  Nothing excites me more than finding the right color, loading the brush, and applying paint to the canvas or panel.  Painting leaves a record of my experience.  It is my most poignant and genuine means of expression.”

Jeanine Sobell Pastore grew up in upstate NY, received her BA at Bowdoin College in Maine, and worked in Boston as a designer and art director of corporate audiovisual presentations for over 20 years.  She has studied with many artists and been particularly influenced by Timothy Hawkesworth, Catherine Kehoe, Susan Lichtman and Peri Schwartz. Now painting full time in her studio at the Munroe Center of the Arts in Lexington, MA, she exhibits regularly and has received awards, including “Artist of the Year” in 2014, one of five artists chosen by Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA in Boston, as part of Cambridge Art Association’s 70th year celebration.