extremely versatile artist, Jean Wagner Troemel
specialized in portraiture and landscapes. Although highly accomplished in
both, she is best known for her exquisite portraits, over 600 painted to date,
which hang in collections all over the world and include many historical figures.
In 2007 five of her paintings were purchased for the permanent collection
of the Mennello Museum of American Art, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Museum
in Washington D.C. She is listed in the World's Who's Who of Women, The Worlds
Who's Who, The Directory of American Portrait Artists and is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Art, London. After reviewing her site, we think you will
agree that Jean is an American artist of noteworthy contribution and recognizable
Jean Troemel passed away Jan. 18, 2018, in St. Augustine. She was born in Alma, Michigan, May 4, 1921.
Jean grew up in Alma, Asheville, North Carolina, and West Palm Beach. She lived in Miami Beach, Dallas, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Albuquerque, N.M., Winter Haven and Orange Park, moving to St. Augustine in 1969. She married Homer H. Willhite in 1944 and Benjamin H. Troemel in 1962.
An extremely versatile and respected artist specializing in portraiture, she also painted many historical figures including Otto Lightner, founder of The Lightner Museum, and Bishop Verot, first Bishop of St. Augustine. She trained at The National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C., The Art Students League & National Academy of Design, New York, and The University of New Mexico. Jean taught private art lessons in her studios and at The Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, The Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida, and Flagler College, St. Augustine. She also was an illustrator for The University of California and voluntarily taught art to returning World War II soldiers in hospitals in Palm Beach and Asheville.
Jean founded The Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, in 1950, The PAStA Art Gallery, St. Augustine, in 1982 and The First Friday Art Walks. She was president of The Florida Artists Group twice, was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, London, in 1972, and is listed in The World's Who's Who of Women & The Directory of American Portrait Artists. She received numerous major art awards and her works are in private and corporate collections worldwide
following pages contain a description of her background, education, accomplishments
and many examples of her broad range of works. She was an active participant
in the Art scene of North East Florida and maintained an ambitious painting
schedule well into her 90's. We invite you to review her
story and work.