Jean M. Baylis (née Hearsey) born 1950 and educated in London, thoroughly enjoyed painting, with pictures exhibited whilst at school.
Although her heart was always in the countryside and painting, life took her away from that path for many years until fate took a hand. A move to Berkshire, where Jean found two wonderful horses and started long distance riding. A later move to the New Forest / East Dorset border with her family and horses, offered Jean many long hours out in all weathers, riding in the hidden depths of the countryside and over the spectacular Dorset coastline.
In such a natural environment, the artist in her suppressed all those years before, rose to the surface. She saw pictures everywhere she looked, in the dark skies over the sea, in the depths of the forest and in wonderful landscapes. The urge to paint could no longer be ignored. She studied Mixed Media & Visual Techniques City & Guilds at adult education and was referred to study Art & Design at the Art Institute, Bournemouth University, followed by traditional painting methods and life studies at The Prince’s Drawing School, Kensington Palace, London.