Jeanne Garrett was born in Washington, D.C.
In college, Jeanne minored in photography. Upon graduation in 1980, she joined the campaign staff of candidate Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush photographing dignitaries who visited Illinois. The campaign used her images in its newsletter.
After a corporate career, she renewed her passion for photography transitioning from film to digital.
In 2018, Jeanne held a solo exhibit, Memory Farm, at the Court House gallery in Woodstock, Illinois. An image from that series won third place in the Farm and Barns exhibit at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, Illinois, in 2017. A photo, a diptych entitled Wings won first prize in the Daily Herald Arts Unlimited contest. Her images combining photography, transparency film were included in the 2017 Picture This exhibit at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Another image, Cotton Eye Joe appeared in the Vintage Exhibit and was awarded Honorable Mention in the In View exhibit at The Art Center of Highland Park in 2018. She also exhibited in the 2016 Oakton Community College's juried show and her image, Woman in a Man's World, was selected for the Koehnline Museum of Art's 2016 – 2017 calendar. In 2015, Jeanne held solo exhibitions at Moon Gallery in Arlington Heights and Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Publication credits include Birds & Blooms magazine as well as the BBC and Black and White magazine web sites.
The environment is a theme of Jeanne's photography. Besides photographing disappearing farmland in the Midwest, she has photographed the condition of a watershed in Santa Fe, several controlled burn sites in New Mexico and Illinois, migrating birds in New Mexico and Nebraska as well as bison that have been returned to a former ammunition dump in Illinois.
As a mixed media artist, Jeanne incorporates threads and other mixed media to create texture and visual interest using her photos as inspiration.
Jeanne has traveled extensively, visiting six of the seven continents. While her travels inspire her imagery, she is equally happy photographing rural areas of the Midwest.