Written by Paige Mcatee Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00
As someone who is a creator at heart, East Williston artist Sabine Jean-Bart enjoys any activity that calls for transforming something. She loves to sew, knit and even garden, but her true love is to paint.
Painting has always been an activity Jean-Bart takes pleasure in doing, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that she started developing her skills. When her youngest son started high school, she found that she had more free time and decided to do something for herself.
“I’m always learning and always trying to absorb from whoever I’m working with,” said Jean-Bart. “There are so many great artists out there. I’m just scratching the surface.”
Jean-Bart’s paintings have been on display at Barnes Gallery in Garden City since the end of February and will be taken down this week. She began taking painting classes at the community center in Herricks.
She has been painting ever since. Her preferred of painting is oil but she also enjoys painting in acrylic and watercolor.
Out of the many paintings in the art show “The Brushstrokes: Oil and Watercolor,” there were twelve paintings sold, including three from Jean-Bart.
She had ten paintings on display at Barnes Gallery, and only seven remain. All of the paintings sold were oil landscapes.
Barnes Gallery holds six art shows a year.
“Our primary focus is picture framing,” said gallery owner Gregory Schnoor. “That’s how we make our living, but we do the art shows as well and have a really good time doing it, and meet a lot of really nice people.”
This is not Jean-Bart’s first art show. She has had paintings on display in Mineola during the month of February in the “Women of the World Art and Photography Exhibition.” In August, she will have two paintings on display at LIU Post in the art exhibition called “The Endless Summer of Long Island.”
It’s hard for Jean-Bart to pick her favorite subject to paint. She enjoys showing the effect of light and shadows in her paintings. “The challenge is to see more than what hits the eye, and to make something that looks ordinary look extraordinary,” she said.
Jean-Bart finds inspiration from the people and animals in her life. She uses nature to create landscapes and does commissioned paintings of people, children and animals.
Jean-Bart moved to America 33 years ago from Germany. She is married with two sons, Christopher and Michael and works as an operating room nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. Since last May, she has started to work part time, which has given her more time to focus on her passion for painting.