DescriptionThis is the first painting in the Rubber People series. Ken met Bobby about 5 days before I painted this painting. It was love at first sight. They have many adventures ahead of them. Did you know? They can stand all day, but are really hard to make sit down. Always laying down or standing up! After peeling down the entire onion of Karen Ann Jones, what I found was ‘Karen the painter.’ The same person I was when I was 5. I never changed, I only left who I was for a while. I paint because that is who I am. Being my most authentic me is my true integrity. My goal in my work is to express my optimistic, happy, in love with life, quirky, deep, intimate and passionate perspective of life. I choose my painting by recreating a visual of the feelings I am having at that moment. I get to spend personal time with that passionate feeling that I long to experience. This is probably why I don’t paint a painting in one day. I want to linger in that relationship. My current body of work started with my desire to paint drag queens. I am fascinated because of their extremes and the beautiful contradictions that they are. I love contradictions.
Karen Jones, St. Louis Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement An artist my whole life currently living in St. Louis but have traveled to all but one of the States. This series is a part of my current collection often focusing on traveling, currency and sports. When I'm not painting, I take my Airstream out for a drive often without a destination or a return date.