Jean McArthur grew up the second of four children on a South Eastern farm. Her primary education was evenly divided between correspondence, Furner and Hatherleigh schools; she then boarded in Millicent for high school.
Although Jean spent most of her time working as an Operating Theatre or Recovery nurse, this has been interspersed with packing potato chips in Brisbane, operating PMG telephone switchboards down by Sydney’s Quay, wool pressing, live-in home help for sick parents in Millicent, frying Sunday breakfasts at a milk bar then writing requisitions in eight-plicate for Northern Territory Administration stores branch in Darwin and dabbling in Art.
Jean has wandered around Australia, the Pacific, Asia and the Americas and is still having trouble deciding what to do with her life. Jean has exhibited her works in mixed media and printmaking in group exhibitions throughout South Australia since 1986.