By: W.A. Davis, St. Mary’s Arts Council
Our Monday Spotlight is shining brightly on Jeanne Norton Hammett!
Jeanne has many fascinating talents, including being that one of only a few local silkscreen printmakers. Silkscreening is an old printing technique also referred to as “serigraphy” or “screenprinting”, which contributes to her well-known style and popularity both nearby and beyond. Ms. Hammett resides in southern Maryland, surrounded by beautiful views of water of which she finds to be a perfect place for inspirations for her work. Many of Jeanne’s images are of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding area which have been favorites for her customers and fan base.
Jeanne’s process begins with an original idea and design, followed by the hand drawing of all stencils, the creation of her own screens, custom mixing of the ink, and finally the printing process. All steps are completed by hand over the course of many different phases.
When Jeanne is not in her studio, she may be found volunteering at the Ridge Rescue Squad! For the past 7+ years now she has been an ambulance driver along with her husband Donnie who has been an EMT with the same squadron for about 12 years now. Quite different from her main occupation as an artist, Jeanne finds this line of work to be very interesting and rewarding in itself.
Learn more about our amazing artist and the silkscreen printmaking process at: www.jeannenortonhammett.com, Jeanne is also a founding and active member of the North End Gallery in Leonardtown where her beautiful artwork is available for purchase (www.northendgallery.com).
Shine on Jeanne, thank you for sharing your talents with our community in so many different ways!