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 2016, her photo, Still Life, won first prize in the Daily Herald Arts Unlimited contest. Several of her nature photographs were in a juried show at the Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. Her images also were included in 2016 Oakton Community College's juried show Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women and Work. 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 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 cirriculum. 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