Jeannie Irvin

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”…Pablo Picasso

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Jeannie Irvin has lived in Columbia since the mid-70s. She studied art at USC but struggled because she drew, painted and made pottery her way. 

Michel McNinch has been Jeannie’s teacher, encourager, and friend, allowing Jeannie to express herself in her work, even when that means being different. Michel’s frequent query, “Are you having fun?” has centered Jeannie in the purpose of her work.

Jeannie is inspired by people and places she is passionate about, and her work expresses that passion. Her paintings are loose, bold, colorful, highly textured and uninhibited. Each piece reveals her emotions without words, setting her free to create – one painting at a time.