Jean Woodruff was born in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1953. She moved to California in 1974 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Cabrillo College in Aptos. Her art training includes watercolor workshops with David McGuire in Greece in the 80s and 90s. She has also studied with Tom Allen, Howard Ikemoto, Peter Loftus and Paul Roehl. Jean was accepted as a member of the Carmel Art Association in 2007.