Everyone expresses themselves in a different way and Pineville native Jamie Jones uses tubes of paint, a canvas and a brush.
Jones began painting in 2007 when he took a trip to Seattle, Washington.
“It’s artistic and creative there so I kind of started on a whim. When I came back here, I had a friend who I took a few classes from and from there, I kind of got my own style for things and developed my own style or look,” said Jones.
The majority of his work is done with a special kind of water-soluble oil paint that can still be worked with or manipulated days after the painting has been sitting.
Jones is influenced by travel, his daughter and family members in his work, including his favorite piece.
“I had a dream of my little girl and she was in a field and had butterflies all around her. It’s a connection with her and she’s my first kid and it’s cool because she likes butterflies now that she’s older,” said Jones.
He describes himself as an intense person and believes that his use of bright colors in his paintings is his way of releasing that intensity or stress through his artwork.
He has worked in restaurants for several years and currently has a full-time job at Cracker Barrel in night maintenance and working on the grill line.
Jones is a Bell County High School Graduate from 1999 and now lives in Middlesboro with his wife Traci of seven years and their two children, Evi and Addison. His wife is a photographer and he is happy that his daughters have picked up their artistic tendencies.
“They’ve started drawing and making little figurines or sculptures and it’s kind of cool to see that in the kids,” said Jones.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his dog Carli, being outdoors, traveling and making gourmet dishes. He has also taken culinary classes which gave him some of the basics of formal cooking and recipe development.
His work is available to purchase at The Palace in downtown Middlesboro and at the Cumberland Gap Artists’s CoOp in downtown Cumberland Gap.
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