Jeanne VanBuren began her career in the arts as a published writer, and was a finalist in the 1988 World Fantasy Awards for the critically acclaimed Vietnam anthology, In the Field of Fire, published by TOR Books.
The New York Times called it " an important addition to the literature of the 80's", Publishers weekly called it "an ambitious intelligent anthology." Booklist called it "Essential reading."
The Apotheosis of Isaac Rosen," her short story with Jack Dann was about an elderly poor man who becomes God. This story was chosen for publication in The Years Best Fantasy Stories, edited by Art Saha, and was first printed in OMNI Magazine and reprinted in the Baltimore Jewish Times.
Jeanne is an abstract expressionist and many of her paintings depict religious scriptures that are respected by most major religions. She also produced a series of paintings reflecting the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Jeanne appreciates the quote by Salvador Dali, " We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art."
Photography plays another important role in her artistic life as it has provided a visual journal of her travels to Asia on medical missions as a volunteer surgical nurse over the past ten years, as well as adventures in the Middle East, Europe and the Baltic countries.
Jeanne's work is in private and public collections in Asia, Europe and the United States. She has captured national and regional visual art awards.