In her work as an artist and printmaker, she responds to landscape as a metaphor for emotions and experiences. She seeks to integrate the memories, sounds, and feelings of being in the landscape into the making of the print. The carving of the woodblock and the layering of the ink echo natural processes such as the layering of leaves, water, trees, and light. Making the print is a way to relive an experience and to share it with others.
Jean Gumpper was born in Hawaii, grew up in Michigan and now lives in Chipita Park, Colorado. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Colorado College.
Bryan and Scott in Colorado Springs, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Ebo Gallery in New York, William Havu Gallery in Denver, Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio, Open Studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Thomassen Gallery in Gothenburg, Sweden, represent her work.
Jean taught in an international print workshop at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2008 and 2009 and, this past summer, she taught weeklong workshops in reduction woodcut at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and at The Bascom Art Center in Highlands, NC. Jean also participated as an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation in 2001, at Rocky Mountain National Park in 1998, at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in 2009 and she is looking forward to spending a month in the Mojave at the Goldwell Museum in April 2011.