This is a beautiful world we live in. I am awestruck by the design, texture, color and emotion that I see and feel in creation. The raw power of a fast approaching thunderstorm; the constantly changing light and color of an old Tom turkey in full strut; the drama of shape and form of almost anything that throws off a drop shadow. Did I mention color? If I could be outdoors every day, I would. I would walk for days into the wilderness or just sit for hours taking in the beauty of it all. That’s why I like to draw, paint and sculpt nature. I like what I see out there and I want to take a piece of it home with me. An art teacher told me years ago that good art is 90% study of the subject we are trying to capture and 10% drawing, painting, sculpting. To me it is no different from my days prepping for an exam (always last minute and full of desperation). You study, you memorize and you memorize some more. Then you put it down on paper. Art is the same. I study what He has created and I am amazed at the order and diversity. I start out by saying, “Good job, God. But, how did you do that?” Then I try to capture the essence of what He has already produced, first in my heart and my head, then on paper, canvas or in clay. During that process is when “creating” begins. We all have some of the Creator’s nature within us, and my “spark of the Divine” leads me to venture off the natural course as I follow the shapes and colors. When I finish a piece it feels like a small miracle. I can honestly say I’m not sure how I got from “there to here”. I enjoy the moment and then I begin to think to myself, “Not the best you can do, Jones” and I start all over again. -Jerry Jones
Jerry studied art at the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting. He enjoys working in oil, acrylic, pencil, pen and bronze. In his travels around the country, he has been an artist member of the Carbon County Art Guild (Red Lodge, Montana), The Ouachita River Art Guild (West Monroe, Louisiana) and the Mississippi Painter’s Society (Tupelo, Mississippi). Jerry has participated in many exhibits and festivals as both a painter and sculptor. His bronze piece “Forty Yards Out” was honored in 2017 with Best in Show in the Art of the Hunt show in Charleston, Mississippi and the sculpture award at Arts Alive in Tullahoma, Tennessee in 2018. In the fall of 2019 Jerry completed a bronze monument to honor all female military veterans which will be installed in Bossier City, Louisiana, on Veteran’s Day, November 11th of this year.
Jerry works full time in his Tupelo, Mississippi studio. Visitors are welcome with an appointment.