“We work on commissions in our home studio together, we go out and paint together, we go to museums together,” says Greg S. Bean (BFA ’17) about spending time with his wife, Jean Mcfarland Bean (BA ’17). Their mutual love of art has provided a way for the Beans to grow together, including getting their art degrees at BYU as older students after early retirement. They’ve traveled to galleries all over and spent countless hours discussing artists and painting.
Art also draws the Beans closer to others, and they often feature family and friends in their pieces. Sometimes, though, they’ve been known to use their hobby to get a little space. “If we just needed some mom and dad time,” says Greg, “we’d put in an art video [and the kids were] gone.”