Jean Behnke was born in Yakima, Washington and grew up in Seattle, receiving her BFA from Cornish College and her MFA from UTSA in San Antonio. Reviewed in Artweek and Art in America, her solo exhibitions include the Kohler House, the Art Gym, Women & Their Work Gallery, Cornish College, Gallery Cygnus, Anchor art space and Shoreline CC. Behnke’s work has exhibited in numerous group shows including the Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Guadalupe Cultural Center, CoCA, TAM, the Hunt Gallery, SJIMA, Whatcom Museum, Anchor art space, Skagit Valley College, Lower Columbia College, WSU Tri-Cities and the Schack Art Center. Behnke founded Anchor art space in 2008, served on the 911 Media Arts Center Board and the La Conner Arts Commission.As an inventive printmaker, Jean aligns with the idea that one more layer of ink or run through the press will salvage the least interesting print. ‘If I am paying attention, each layer printed on paper reveals an unpredictable image no matter what my intention is. It appears that somewhere between my intention and lack of it an authentic art can reveal itself. Although this is not possible to anticipate, I can place elements in some kind of alignment where it might happen. So that is what I do.’ Behnke spends most of her time working in her studio on Lopez Island where she lives with her husband, ceramic artist Jeffrey Hanks.