Born in Dublin in 1952, Bardon studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design between 1970 and 1974. During a period spent working and living in Amsterdam she developed an interest in printmaking and took an etching course on one of the city’s houseboats.
Jean became a member of Graphic Studio Dublin in 1990 and since then has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and the Centre Culturel Irlandes in Paris. Her work is represented in many collections, both public and private, including the Office of Public Works, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library, the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and the Arts Council, Sweden. She was an award winner at the RHA Annual Exhibition in 2002.