OCCUPATION:Resident curator and director of art education at the Ocean House and adjunct professor at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Pittsburgh, Pa.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Setting up a new art studio named “Atelier Jeanne” on Lyme Street in Old Lyme.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Painting, traveling, playing golf and watching movies with my husband, Robert.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Our two sons, Andrew and Jamie.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good mother, wife and friend.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Live to be 100.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET:My favorite shade of lipstick.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An artist.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My mother; and her name really was Marie Antoinette.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Ian McEwan.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles and the “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri.
I AM LISTENING TO: “Indian Summer” by the Crooked Angels (the second album released in Nov 2017 by our singer-songwriter duo that is our son Jamie and his wife, Amy.)
FAVORITE MOVIES: “Notorious,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “The Night Manager” series based on a John le Carré novel.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I don’t watch TV shows, I just stream movies and series on Netflix and Amazon.
FAVORITE SONG: Anything by Cole Porter.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Wood fired pizza or homemade pasta.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness.
PET PEEVE: Rudeness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The ocean and working at Ocean House, where I am able to share the beauty and appreciation of art through the Ocean House Art Collection, the Artists-in-Residence program, and the art lecture/demonstration series of “Up Close and Personal; How Artists Make Art.” The Ocean House is such a special place for guests and the community to experience art.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Art.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I have run 10 marathons (includes six times in New York and Paris, France.)
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Things are sometimes not what they seem.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Enjoy every day and make every day count.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Have more women in power.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Help our children and other children in need.
I DRIVE A: “Seashell” 2015 Volvo XC.
I WISH I DROVE A: “Seashell” 2015 Volvo XC.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Eggs, salad fixings and dark chocolate.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: My husband, my parents and my husband’s parents.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro