Jeannie Lydon was born in the small town of San Carlos, California. She started painting as soon as she could hold a paintbrush. A piano teacher began Lydon’s first drawing lessons and by the age of ten her first structured classical oil painting lessons began, which resulted in classical landscapes on canvas from photographs and magazine ads.
Lydon’s artistic education continued with five years of studying the museums of New York and France, followed by a stint at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. In 1999 she graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. She has since explored a variety of artists while interning at the Hanson Gallery in San Francisco and Babilonia 1808 in Berkeley. She has spent time teaching painting and drawing at the Veterans Administration Homeless Shelter in San Francisco as well. Lydon also helped open and curate Oakland’s now defunct Door.7. Gallery with Ivan Blackshear.
Lydon currently lives in Berkeley, California where she paints in her studio apartment. Inspired by the stories told from those she taught as well as those who taught her, she writes short stories on her manual typewriter. She paints in acrylic, ink, and occasionally oil, and sketches in charcoal, pencil and watercolor.
Lydon is represented by Hang in San Francisco.
view her work at http://www.jeannelydon.com