Jeanie Burns first encountered street painting as an art history student while living in Italy. Years later, she found the art form had made its way to the U.S., and even into her own neighborhood at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival near West Palm Beach, Florida. She has participated there every year since 1996, serving on the festival’s board of directors since 1998.
As a graphic designer, Jeanie’s profession requires accommodating clients’ needs and tastes. As a chalk artist, she enjoys choosing and art directing her own subject matter – most often portraits – and bringing images to completion on a grand scale.
Jeanie studied Humanities and Art History at Florida State University, but received her education in pastel technique by working alongside many of the best chalk artists in the country during street painting festivals. She credits those artists and the camaraderie that exists among them for shaping her development as an artist.
Over the years, she has expanded her participation to events across the USA as well as in Canada and back to Italy, where the chalking spark was first ignited.