After working in the black and white world of daily journalism for almost  30 years, Jeanne McManus is now inspired by color. She is motivated in painting as she was in words: by narratives, the stories that are told by us in our actions and decisions.

The human figure is her favorite subject, especially as it confronts the world around it: where the shore meets the great beyond, where the swimmer hovers on the edge of the unknown. Whether to cross a line, take a leap or turn and run: these are the defining moments of life.


Jeanne is a sixth-generation Washingtonian, now living in Potomac, Maryland. She has been painting since 2005, when she quit her job to become a painter, a dream she has had since childhood.