Jean is of Anishinaabe/English descent, born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a band member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Big Trout Lake, Ontario, Treaty 9, Canada. Jean Marshall has been practicing professionally as a visual artist for the past 20 years. She is primarily known for her work with beads & quills. As a child, she was surrounded by beadwork. The value of craftsmanship, quality and the importance of using her hands was instilled at a young age. Unknowingly, she absorbed skill, colour, design, pattern and techniques to be used later in life. This lasting admiration grew into her present day practice as an aspiring hide tanner with goals of becoming a master hide tanner someday. Experiential learnings from the land and relations are important to her.