Jeanie grew up in the small Iowa town of Hampton. Through inspiration from her Grandmother Violet, Jeanie learned early on that she loved to paint, draw and create art. She has perused this interest throughout her life.
Jeanie attended the Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo, and graduated with an Applied Arts degree in Interior Design. Jeanie then moved to Montana and became a cattle and dude rancher, often hosting national and international artists and their workshops at her ranch. This is where her love of watercolor painting and exploring the great outdoors took off and she hasn’t looked back. While living in Montana, she taught art for K-12 students and pursued a career in graphic design, receiving numerous industry awards. Jeanie and her husband Randy are now retired and living in Elkader.