Jean Cranston Mottley, 69, an artist and sculptor whose work was exhibited locally and around the country, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 28 at her Washington Home.

Mrs. Mottley specialized in abstract color portraits of Shakespearean characters such as Hamlet, Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Her wall sculpture combined stainless steel with wood and oil paint and her "reflection series" of sculptures were abstract seascapes done in oils or acrylics partially sculptured on painted silverleaf backgrounds.

She had held eight individual shows in Washington, New York City, California and Florida, her last in 1976 at the Arts Club of Washington.

Her work also had been shown at the Payne Gallery in Chevy Chase and the Washington Gallery of Art. She won a number of first prizes in competitions held by the District chapter of the National League of American Penwomen, which were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution.

Mrs. Mottley and her husband, Charles M., a retired research scientist, had maintained a home in Washington since the mid-1940s and had lived here permanently since about 1969.

She was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Toronto.

Mrs. Mottley was a member of the League of American Penwomen, the Chevy Chase chapter of the American Association of University Women, the English Speaking Union and a charter member of the Virginia chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Besides her husband, of the home, survivors include two sons, Charles C., of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and James D., of Monroeville, Pa.; two sisters, Agnes Cooke of Port Elgin, Ontario, and Grace Pollock of Owen Sound, Ontario, and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Cottery College in Nevada, Mo., or to the Education Loan Fund, c/o P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.