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 2017, her photo, a diptych entitled Wings won first prize in the Daily Herald Arts Unlimited contest. Her photograph, Still Life, won the contest in 2016. Her images combining photography, transparency film and paper were included in the 2017 Picture This exhibit at the Morris Gallery at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois and her image Cotton Eye Joe appeared in the exhibit Real People at the Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois. She also exhibited in the 2016 Oakton Community College's juried show. 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. Her work has appeared in other venues including the BBC website and in the nature magazine, Birds & Blooms.
Recently, Jeanne photographed several controlled burn locations for the Cook County Forest Preserve District which were given to them for their use in determining successful burns. Also, Jeanne photographed the Santa Fe Watershed for the not-for-profit Santa Fe Watershed Association documenting changing conditions and environments along the watershed. She donated images to help support and preserve the watershed.
In another project, Jeanne spearheaded a team of photographers who took photographs at an economically disadvantaged Chicago high school, Chicago Tech Academy, a contract school for low-income students pursuing a STEM curriculum. Her portraits of several hundred high school students make up a two-story mural which now hangs on the school’s exterior.
Jeanne has traveled extensively, visiting six of the seven continents. While her travels inspire her imagery, she is equally happy photographing exotic locations and rural areas of the Midwest.
Photo by Sebastian Garrett