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Jenean Hornbuckle

Jenean Hornbuckle

Cherokee landscape painter Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Jenean Hornbuckle paints mountain landscapes in oil on canvas. She believes that her ability to see beauty in landscapes has been passed down over the years from her Cherokee ancestors.

Born on the Qualla Boundary, Jenean Hornbuckle attended Swain County High School, Appalachian State University, and finally Western Carolina University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her father worked as a forester, protecting and preserving the mountains, and Jenean’s paintings also preserve the beauty of the mountains, in artistic form. While the aesthetics of her paintings come from traditional Cherokee culture, she developed her technical skill of painting in high school and college fine arts classes.

Jenean Hornbuckle’s impressive, large canvases have been exhibited in several shows at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and her work also hangs in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Jenean Hornbuckle has been instrumental in starting the Seven Clans Art Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Cherokee artists show and sell their work. Her painting of the Cherokee creation story is on exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian. Her paintings are also featured on wayside exhibits on the Oconaluftee River Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bronze sculpture of Selu at the entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is based on Jenean’s work.


From November to March, Jenean Hornbuckle is available to travel anywhere. From April through October, she operates her own business in Cherokee. Her fee is negotiable and should include travel expenses. She can demonstrate painting for a festival crowd or smaller audience, and can teach art classes as well. She provides her own materials but would need easels for displaying her work.

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