CREATIVES: Entrepreneur to Watch – Jean Daniel

Mar 2 2015

by Cheri Leavy


Over the past twenty years, Jean Daniel has assisted numerous families and corporate entities select the most appropriate portrait artists for their specific needs. As former President & National Sales Director for one of the oldest and largest national portrait agencies, she enjoys the privilege of helping guide and develop the careers of many talented and acclaimed portrait artists.  We loved having Jean at the Summit last spring in Charleston.  She is a dynamo and we are so proud of her launching her own business in Raleigh.

We asked Jean to share some of her entrepreneurial spirit here–


My life-long love of art & portraiture and my desire to create an avenue for sharing this with others was the inspiration behind starting my own business.

Theme Song:

“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Fave book or author:

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg.

Favorite charity:

Non-profit entities who incorporate art as a way to support children faced with major heath issues.

#1 skill/attribute needed to be an entrepreneur:

Knowledge, Commitment & Integrity

Role model:

Women artists, like Cecilia Beaux and Mary Cassatt, who have influenced and shaped the field of portraiture.

Favorite social media:

This varies~ I like the social media outlets which are most efficient and user friendly for my clients.

Favorite quote:

“Art is, after all, only a trace~like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.” – Robert Henri

Interesting tidbit about you or your business:

While commissioned portraiture never goes out of style, I am enjoying the interest shown by clients and artists who are embracing a more individual style.


J. Daniel Portraiture & Fine Art

919.418.9021 |


The Southern Coterie is a social network ( with events ( that connects influencers, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals with an affinity for the South- the Makers and Doers.

Enjoy this series where we introduce you to Southern creatives we find inspiring-





Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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