Local Artist Jeanne Weaver
The May cover art (vertically cropped for our cover) of the oil painting Bugler is by artist, Jeanne Harris Weaver. Bugler is one of twenty-one oil paintings Mrs. Weaver painted in one year in memory of her son, 1LT Todd William Weaver, killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, September 9, 2010. The series has been exhibited in many venues on the Eastern coast to include TAPS in Washington, DC, Orange County Convention Center (I-ITSEC), and Compassionate Friends to name a few.
The series, Losing Todd: A Mother’s Journey will be exhibited in the Rotunda of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 26,27,& 28. The series of paintings will also be exhibited for Memorial Day from Friday, May 26 – Tuesday, May 30 at the Porcher House, 434 Delannoy Ave, Cocoa. Jeanne will be present each day from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m with her book by the same name.
Of the series, the Director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art in 2015 said “…It is with great respect and honor, albeit a very painful honor, for me to be a able to recognize the ultimate sacrifice given by 1LT Todd William Weaver in Afghanistan.…For Todd’s mother, Jeanne, she had to feel her way through this new part of her life through her art, and what has resulted is resounding. It is soft, it is tender, it is uplifting and it is gut wrenching…but for Jeanne she had to do it…”
Jeanne received her B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. She studied oil painting three additional years under a master artist. She developed art curriculum for the College of William and Mary’s gifted and talented program. In 2017, Jeanne received an Honorary Degree from The College of William and Mary. She is a published author of the book, Losing Todd: A Mother’s Journey, Finding Peace in My Heart; and illustrator to a children’s book, Animals That Come From All Around Our Wonderful World.
Jeanne has designed 4 monuments. Three stand in the Monument Plaza at the Veterans Center on Merritt Island. The fourth sits on the Monument Walk of the National Cemetery of Cape Canaveral in Scottsmoor, FL.
Jeanne sits on the National Board of the Episcopal Church Visual Arts Organization; she is Resident Artist at St. David’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Cocoa Beach, and a member the Brevard Cultural Alliance. She paints on commission. www.jeanneweaverartist.com