Taking the Long Road

Working as a midwife for the past 20 years has required a certain technical knowledge, a whole lot of patience and immeasurable trust in process.  Who would have thought that a degree in dance would take me down the path of birth. Every day I do the hard work of respectfully caring for women. To replenish I go to the studio. Like the art of dance and midwifery, abstract painting requires knowledge, skill, and technique.  Midwifery has taught me that each birth is unique.

Painting reveals those moments of infinite possibility, by choosing the path of the unknown. Visual poetry and asemic (language without semantic content) are seeing without looking, writing by not reading, and moving with intuitive intent. Asemic language negotiates neural pathways of a language I do not know, allowing thought to be lost in order to find that place in the brain where language has its origin. I have only recently found a place in my oil paintings for asemic language. In the end, the paintings will be what they are meant to be.



Jeanette lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She paints in the studio right behind her house. She was delivered breech by Dr Bonebraker, in a small town in Idaho. She lives with her husband a geographer, three rescue dogs and a cat that just showed up 17 years ago. She has 3 grown children. and was honored to deliver all 4 of her grandchildren.


  • 2017 Workshop Lisa Pressman Telluride Colorado Cold Wax Medium Mixed Media
  • 2014 Workshop Rebecca Crowell Osseo Wisconsin Cold Wax Medium
  • 2012 Surgical 1st Assist University of Philadelphia Pennsylvania
  • 1998 SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
  • 1997 Masters in Midwifery MSN University of New Mexico
  • 1986 Advanced degree in Nursing RN New Mexico TVI
  • 1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts BFA in Theatre Arts with Dance Emphasis