Jacqueline Jones

Email: jacquelinejonesart@gmail.com

Artist Bio

Jackie’s paintings summon ephemeral moments and emotions inspired by nature. Her rich color palette and lively brushwork capture the scents and sounds of the land: the rushing streams, rolling surf, rustling grasses and salted winds of coastal New England as well as her many travels. Each summer, she paints out West (Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming namely) and has recently painted in Iceland and Norway.  Painting from life, Jackie finds her work is not only infused with the elements, but with the people she encounters along the way. Weaving voices and memories into her oils, she often engages the curious onlooker. "I love talking with people when I'm out in the field, taking time to share my love for the land and painting,” she says. “They become part of the whole experience. When I reflect on a painting later, I often smile, remembering special conversations and a shared humanity."   Underlying this are scenes that offer strong abstract compositions and excellent design. Jackie is an advocate of 'form over content'. “Whatever the subject matter, I’m energized by the way light reveals essence and form, each creation a unique journey that carries its own emotive signature,” she explains. A lifetime learner, her formal and informal training has given her a fair level of freedom of expression. Yet she is humbled by nature and ever grateful to be doing what she loves.  As a child, Jackie studied with local artist Joseph Gionfriddo of Gilead. A former student of Guy Wiggins and James Goodwin McManus, Gionfriddo instilled in her a love of traditional oil painting. Jacqueline earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as an Associate Degree in Illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She exhibits year-round and has received numerous awards, including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her work is highly collected, and Stamford Hospital recently acquired a number of her paintings for their permanent collection. In addition, Jacqueline teaches painting at the Lyme Art Association, Glastonbury and Marlborough Arts as well as drawing at the Hillstead Museum. In the winter months, she works in her lakeside studio, painting larger pieces inspired by her plein air studies. Jackie’s professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, Connecticut Women Artists, The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, The Salmagundi Club, and associations in Essex, Lyme, and Mystic, Connecticut.