In her mosaics, Jean uses concrete materials to express intangible elements of her life and history. For instance, during her teaching years Jean had concentrated her artistic talents on creating a perennial garden in her century home. Digging in the dirt turned up shards of pottery, iron spikes, medicine bottles and an old porcelain doll face. These buried bits of history led to a fascination with underground strata, shown in her sea and earth scapes.
The tree of life is another symbol that resonates in Jean’s work. The image of the tree, in connection with earth and sky, has a universal appeal and has been the inspiration for many of her commissioned pieces.