Jean Roelke PhD
“I am an artist and a poet. Making art is a contemplative practice, that keeps me grounded in the here and now. The arts have been important for me since I was a child, as a way to explore ideas and feelings, to think and reflect.
I write, paint, sculpt and make books. I work with language and image in diverse media, have worked on journals, and ran a small press. I enjoy collaborating with other artists, and learning from them.
My methods are playful and experimental. I tend to express my feelings and ideas in vivid colors and textures. I like to make work that you can touch. I want to make work that touches you.“
Jean Roelke has a B.A. in Art, from Austin College, and a Doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas, where she is currently working on an MFA in Sculpture. She began teaching English at UNT in 2003, and retired in 2020. She now works as a Creativity Coach.