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“Painting The Town” has become a phrase well used by Helen Jean Smith. From her home village of Lantz Mill, Virginia, to Essex, Connecticut; from Annapolis, Maryland to Victoria, British Columbia; throughout Virginia and beyond, she has portrayed towns in a whimsical and charming fashion.

Each year Helen Jean celebrates the holiday season with a smaller, festive print and cards. These have included landmarks such as Oatlands, the White House and Belle Grove, as well as community favorites such as the Presbyterian Church in Leesburg. The 2001 holiday print may be the print which was used by Lord Fairfax Community College as it's 2000 greeting card.

The Old Dominion 100 Mile Run commissioned Helen Jean to do an original painting each year. The runners are given a signed and numbered print. Participants look forward to adding another of these race course scenes to their collections.

Helen Jean is Canadian by birth and was educated at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. She married a Marine Corp Officer, became a United States citizen, and now lives with her husband on a small farm in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Most of her paintings are done on a commission basis. Among her clients are the National Park Service, First Bank, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Mary Matalin and James Carville, Susan and Sandy Berger, Oliver and Betsy North, Senator and Mrs. Charles Robb, Al and Margarette Smith and Congressman and Mrs. Frank Wolfe. Helen Jean now feels that she will paint well into her senior years. Perhaps there are favorite places in this beautiful land that you would like rendered on canvas. The prices of her prints and originals remain very reasonable.