Susan Elizabeth Jones, middle Tennessee Member Since June 2012 Artist Statement Susan's style of painting has been described as impressionistic, loose, and charming, capturing subjects near her home in middle Tennessee, in simple, broad blocks of color with little use of detail. Although she has experimented with several mediums over the years, she now concentrates in transparent oils. And Alla Prima (painting in one session) is her style preference.
Primarily self-taught, Susan has studied briefly under Qiang Huang, Kay Keyes Farrar, Kim Barrick, Frank Baggett, Hazel King, Roger Dale Brown, Dawn Whitelaw, Paula Frisbe and Mary McDaniel. However her work is still very fluid and intuitive.
“Born into a family of artists and being a child of the divine Creator, it is impossible to deny the spirit of artistic and creative stirrings within me. We are all artists. It's our nature. We just choose different mediums. Mine is paint. Oil paint mostly. And I will forever be a student, inspired with unending natural beauty and limitless talent of other artists that surround me in rural middle Tennessee. Keeping things simple and letting the details work out on their own is my life's philosophy, and this shows in my work... simple subjects, uncluttered backgrounds, and lack of details are the recurring characteristics of my paintings.
Life is full of many blessings, big and small. Embrace them. Count them...the game-winning touchdown, the yawn of a puppy, the smell of fresh cinnamon bread baking in the oven, the warmth of a down comforter, the phone call from a friend, a new white canvas and a paintbrush between your fingers.
May you live your life fully engaged, fully appreciating all the beauty and blessings around you, creating happiness, fulfilling your dreams, and building a legacy of love.”
Susan resides in a partially restored, century-old Craftsman cottage in Columbia, Tennessee, where she can be found capturing free moments painting, reading, blogging, gardening, or sipping sweet tea on the front porch with numerous well-loved, but very misbehaved, rescued fur-babies.
You will find her works locally at Loblolly and Rippavilla, where she also teaches a variety of art classes. Other locations around town show Susan’s art, as well, such as the Athenaeum, Polk Home, and occasionally at Square Market Café. Her work is also available through Quincy Avenue Arts in Seaside, FL, and My French Chateau, Atlanta, GA. You can see her complete collection online, visit www.susanejones.com, www.charmofthecarolines.com, or www.dailypaintworks.com.