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. 



Jeanne McManus has attended classes at the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College and the Yellow Barn.


In 2016 she received her MAP certificate from the Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland, an intense three-year program that takes students from the basics of classical art school training to experimentation and finally to independent study. She is now attending classes for alumni of the Atelier with her teacher and mentor, Glen Kessler.


Shows and Exhibitions


"Imagined Faces, Imagined Places": Solo show of more than 70 paintings, Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, Md., September 29 and 30, 2012.

"Vision Nine": group show of a collective of nine artists,  Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, Md.,  Novermber 2014.

"Memoir": thesis show of works on paper, Compass Atelier, Rockville, Md. February 2016.