While I love painting commissions, I am constantly drawn to painting horses. Horses are in my blood. If I close my eyes I can feel them, smell them, hear them. I haven’t owned horses in nearly 20 years but their form and features are etched into my memory. I know what it feels like to when their hair changes direction or their muscles flinch under their skin. Through my art, I aim to create pieces that compliment a space, while also drawing you in, to see and feel more.
I have always had a creative side and painted on and off for the past 15 years as a stress reliever. After having some time off to start our family, I picked up the brushes again in May 2020. It started off small, just a casual ‘sip and paint’ night with my friend once a fortnight. Then I started receiving commission requests from friends and family and completed them in my spare time outside of my other employment. I decided to enter a local art competition (Inverell Art Prize) and challenged myself to paint some detailed pieces. I was awarded the ‘Inverell Shire Council Acquisition Prize’ for my painting titled ‘Kindred Hearts’. A regional news source wrote a story about the artwork and it went viral. Next thing I knew I was receiving commission requests from people all over Australia and I was able to resign from my part time job in financial planning and start painting as a career. I continually pinch myself wondering how this can be my life!
My father, Steve Jones, is also an artist. He has an amazing raw talent, and an effortless painting style. I am forever inspired by him and lucky to have his mentorship through my own art journey.
My 5 year old son, Harvey. He is the most supportive and confident person in my life. When I miss out on something I've been striving for, he reminds me of the positives and silver linings. He inspires me to be the best version I can be, to show him what's possible in life.
Inverell Shire Council Acquisition Prize (as part of Inverell Art Prize) - 2020
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