4 x 4 inch painted ceramic tile
Jeanne has created her own recognizable style of painting which collectors of her work value for its contemporary feeling, but which she has developed over her years of study of traditional Indian art forms. Her interest began very early when, as a child, she would study the wood carvings by her uncle, Cherokee sculptor Willard Stone, noting their flow and design. She relished stories he wrote for each sculpture which she would read, then study the work and then read again, learning that art was to be used to portray your ideas and feelings.
Her formal training at Bacone College as a student under Cheyenne artist Dick West began the development of her award-winning painting style. Combining this training with the unique history of her rural Oklahoma roots and their human interpretation of the traditional heritages and history of her Cherokee ancestors, Jeanne’s work has become nationally known, recognized, and appreciated. Her distinctive use of color creates works which are strikingly bold, yet peacefully soft. A Rorex painting, while strong in subject and feeling, is surprisingly uncomplex and calming.
Jeanne’s work has won many awards in Native American art shows and been included in many books and publications. The uniqueness of her ideas and style has granted her many one-woman exhibits and honors. But she says the best thing her work has given her is friends.
“I have met so many people through my art. They appreciate my expressions in my work but they don’t realize that I learn something from each of them. I am blessed to be able to communicate with others in this way. My painting opens a door to a better understanding of individual feelings and experiences…of human relationships and emotions. I am a lucky woman!”
Jeanne Rorex Bridges
Oklahoma Native Artist
Tribal Member Echota Cherokee of Alabama