In Celebration of Nature
“I don’t find the landscape, it finds me. If I go out with a preconceived idea of what I want to paint, I can drive around for hours and never find it. But if I go out with a clear head, full of creative energy and no preconceptions usually a scene will present itself within a few minutes. Then I am free to open myself to whatever is in front of me and tackle the painting with vigor and passion. This is when I do my best work, the work that excites me and typically transforms itself into a larger studio version where I share what I found, put down in paint and throw a frame around it to share with the world. If I am not painting, I am thinking about painting. If I am painting, I’m thinking about nothing else.”
RUSTY JONES IN CELEBRATION OF NATURE
- Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Award of Excellence 2020
- FASO FAV 15% August 2020
- FASO FAV 15% June 2020
- Honorable Mention, Vital Art Sessions 2018
- Award of Merit, Plein Air Southwest 2017
- Best of Show, Oil Painters of America plein air competition, 2016
- Gamblin Award of Excellence, Plein Air Southwest 2016
- Gamblin Award, Award of Excellence, Plein Air Southwest 2015
- RayMar, Best Landscape, April 2014
- Gamblin Award, Plein Air Southwest, 2014
- Gamblin Award, Plein Air Southwest Salon 2013
- Boldbrush 3rd Place Award, Janaury 2012
- Boldbrush FAV 15%, January 2012
- Boldbrush FAV 15%, September 2011
- Paint America Top 100, “Washout Patterns”, 2011
- Paint America Top 100, “Loche Vale”, 2011
- “Artists Choice Award”, Coastal Paintout 2011
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It’s taken two years but it has been worth the journey. I am a die hard landscape painter and there’s no place I’d rather be than on location, in the mountains, painting. But as I’ve gotten older and life has slowed the opportunities to travel, I made the decision to try my hand at still life painting. But where to start? How to start? Do I just dive in and learn on my own? It started with buying and studying videos by Elizabeth Robbins and Kathy Anderson. Just wasn’t feeling it. Then I stumbled across a Kelli Folsom video on YouTube. Her brush strokes were like butter, her ability to explain what she was doing as she was doing it struck a cord. When I teach I like to say what I’m going to do before I do it and she was doing the same thing. Then in 20 minutes she was done. Now this is my kind of painting! One Google search later I found Kelli teaching Vital Art Sessions online. Short 20 minute painting sessions packed with technique and information. I was hooked! And here we are two years later and my artistic voice is finally speaking to me. I’m finding just how much joy and fulfillment I get painting a jar and some oranges. The aren’t the Rocky Mountains, but they are just as important in expressing my artistic self. And this how a die hard landscape painter learned to love painting still life’s. #rustyjonesart #vitalartsessions #kellifolsomart #stilllifepainting
University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, 1974-1976
Master of Science in Medical Illustration
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Communications
University of Texas at Austin, 1972-1974
Major in Painting, Minor in Biology
Texas A& M University, 1971-1972
Major in veterinary medicine
Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI)
Professional Member in 1978, Fellow since 1983
Prior to joining MediVisuals in 2004, Rusty was owner and CEO of Lawyers Media, a full-service demonstrative evidence development company. Concurrently, Rusty was owner and CEO of Pinnacle Publishing company, a medical publishing company specializing in patient education materials distributed through private medical practices. As a medical illustrator, Rusty has produced illustrations for numerous medical journals, patient education publishers, pharmaceutical companies, medical product companies, and medical textbook publishers.
In addition to medical illustration, Rusty has become a nationally recognized landscape painter with representation in seven galleries throughout the western United States. Rusty is also well-known for his sports illustrations that have appeared in Golf Magazine, Golf Digest magazine, Golf Journal and Golf Illustrated Magazine. His sports art has also been published by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the United States Olympic Committee, and Golf House, the national museum for the United States Golf Association.
When not producing medical art, Rusty can be found traveling throughout the country painting on location as he gathers research material for larger studio works. His golf illustrations once landed him a portrait commission and lunch at the 1991 Masters Golf Tournament with 1935 Masters champion Gene Sarazen.
Artist Rusty Jones Statement:
Painting En plein aire is the love and focus for artist Rusty Jones. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important, and this method now has captured this son of Texas who worked as a medical illustrator for over twenty years. After obtaining a Masters Degree in Medical Illustration, he illustrated countless medical and pharmaceutical ad campaigns, medical journals, college textbooks and more. Learning to meet deadlines and to draw countless hours equipped him with a solid foundation to move into the fine art field.
Rusty’s love of sports then led him into sporting art which landed him illustration assignments with such notable magazines as Golf Illustrated, Golf Magazine, the Golf Journal and American Way Magazine. He further provided sports art for the Coca Cola Foods Division for the Summer Olympics, the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.
Today he almost exclusively pursues the landscape from the Big Sur coastline of California, to the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, to the diverse environments of Big Bend, New Mexico, Arizona and beyond. While influenced by artists like Edgar Payne and Richard Schmid he is totally captured by the impact of natural light on location. He has stated “Painting outdoors take passion. Without it the wind, head, snow and bugs would drive you indoors!”
Now offering and sharing his acquired skills, Rusty often teaches workshops around the country. He says: “Every painter can learn to paint better by dedicating himself to learning how to paint by studying with others and by painting outdoors often and by intense practice sessions in the studio. There is no short cut. But along the way you learn the pure joy that comes from applying paint to canvas and capturing essence of the landscape being painted.”
Rusty Jones had an early influence in his artistic development. A particularly strong one.
Lead Image: “Hill Country,” by Avis Jones, 1922, oil, 10 x 22 in.
His grandmother was an artist, and she gave Jones the best possible environment to develop as an artist himself. “My grandparents owned a 14-room hotel outside of San Antonio, the last stagecoach stop between Oklahoma City and the Mexican border,” says Jones. “My grandmother would invite artists to stay in the hotel and then go out and paint with her en plein air. I would carry her French easel, and I would sit out there with those ladies and watch them paint, at 6 years old.”
Yes, Avis Jones was an early plein air painter, but she was more than that. “She would paint nudes, still lifes, everything,” says Jones. “I could do whatever I wanted to do in her studio. She taught me, too. My grandmother made her own jellies and jams, and while she was cooking, she would put out a fork or a salt shaker and say, ‘Here, draw that.’ She would show me things, and make corrections, then move the jars or the fork and say, ‘Now do it again.’ I knew at age 7 that I could draw and paint better than anybody else in my school, up through the sixth grade. This painting is my prized possession.”
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