Jeanne Billfaldt grew up in Houston, Texas, where she received her art education at the Houston Museum and the University of Houston. She went on to study at the University of Tulsa and the Art Students League in New York City. The American Association of University Women recognized Billfaldt’s artistic talent with the prestigious Annual Museum of Fine Arts scholarship.
Billfaldt specialized in still-life and figurative compositions. Her style is distinctive for the strong interpretative characters present throughout her work. One of the subjects she painted regularly was the ballet, not surprising given her own experience as a ballet dancer during her youth. She worked in a variety of mediums including monoprints (pulled from glass), oils on canvas and encaustic.
Because of her modesty and shyness, Jeanne Billfaldt exhibited very little throughout her career. During the 1940s and 1950s the artist did show artwork in some quite prominent venues including the Houston Museum, the Texas General, the Southern States Art League and the Texas Fine Arts Association.
Billfaldt also owned a painting conservation business in Texas with her companion, Jack Flanagan. The two provided conservation to many clients including the Stark Museum, located in Orange, Texas. In 1992, Billfaldt moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she lived out the rest of her life, continuing her career as an artist while also providing the community with conservation and restoration services at her studio on Wall Street.