Jean Russell Nave learned drawing and painting from her mother. Both her parents earned their living from their artistic skills. She grew up in western ranching country and lived with wild animals all around. She had her own horse at five years of age. Therefore, dogs, horses and native animals of the west are her preferred subjects.
Jean moved full-time to Central Oregon in 1991 when she and her husband retired from “corporate” jobs. During her corporate life, Jean expressed her creative side in marketing development, motivational speaking and writing three self-help business books.
In 1997 Jean and another lady started the Black Butte Ranch Historical Society (now Sisters Country Historical Society) and she made a sketch for the organization’s flier. That’s when she remembered she loved drawing. One thing led to another and now she paints, carves wood, weaves pine needle baskets and writes and illustrates children’s books to support Scottie rescue.