Jeanne McKay Hartmann’s mother always carried crayons in her handbag to keep her daughter’s busy hands occupied. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth, the family dog and flowers drawn on restaurant paper placemats were the artist’s first works. Today she creates commissioned pieces for private clients such as Aerin Lauder and custom paintings for retailers including her favorite shop, Seattle’s Watson Kennedy and Nest Inspired Home in Rye, NY. She is known for happy, vibrant watercolors that capture the beauty of life’s everyday moments.
A native Pacific Northwest girl, Jeanne lives in Seattle with her husband when she’s not packing her brushes and sketchbook for Paris, Nantucket, Sun Valley or other faraway places.
"I have been a fan of Jeanne's dreamy, beyond beautiful work long before we started showing it at Watson Kennedy. Each captures a moment in time, turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Whether it be a bundle of flowers, a bowl of oranges and grapefruit, or a platter of oysters, Jeanne captures them all with glorious detail."
—Ted Kennedy Watson, Owner of Watson Kennedy stores and author of Style & Simplicity