Artist of the week: Jean Reece Wilkey brings rich and magical insights to her art – Las Cruces Sun

Jean Reece Wilkey, here with Simon, will welcome visitors in her home studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today during For the Love of Art Month Artist Studio

LAS CRUCES Jean Reece Wilkey’s unique view of the world is what she calls “magic realism.”

“It’s not surrealism. These are things that actually could be seen,” she said, as a visitor viewed paintings of inquisitive “real” rabbits checking out a variety of pseudo soul mates: chocolate Easter bunnies, a weathered stuffed bunny, a bright pink ceramic bunny piggy bank.

In a vivid self-portrait, swatches of fabric hung as curtains against a bright blue New Mexican sky, represent phases of the

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