Jeanette Fellows

Acrylic Paintings

I paint because it is my greatest tool for sharing what the world looks like from my perspective. We are all different. We were born at different times in different places under different influences and different circumstances. Even if our experiences are similar, our interpretations are never exactly alike. Words are not my strong point, but luckily, painting has provided a way that I can communicate my impressions visually.

My paintings are based directly from photos I have taken (with a few exceptions). They represent split seconds in my life captured on camera and recreated in acrylic paints on canvas. They are images of rescued animals who have been spared the slaughterhouse and given a second chance at life. They are “dangerous” beasts who demonstrate gentleness and affection to those who are weaker. They are the reemergence of species who have come dangerously close to extinction. They are images of our native culture that remains strong despite assimilation and genocide. To some, the subjects of my paintings may not seem to possess great meaning, but to me they are what give meaning to my life.


I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to publicly display my paintings through galleries in Milwaukee, WI and Waukesha, WI, including Milwaukee City Hall, Waukesha City Hall and the Waukesha Public Library. I was also recently chosen to create a painting to represent my tribe (Akimel O’Odham) to be permanently displayed at GRICUA in Chandler, AZ. It is my goal to continue to use painting as a way of sharing my experiences, and maybe help expand people's understanding of the world around them.


Jeanette Fellows


Original artwork and prints are available through my shop at