Slowing down has never occurred to local artist Doris Jones.
An avid painter, world traveler and adept gardener, Jones
is in no hurry to take a break from her
active lifestyle, although she
is in her
was born in England, and came to America initially for a short visit with her
sister, who was living in Texas.
Before moving to America, Jones
studied art for four years at Bromley College of Art
native area of Kent.
"I've been in art all my life," Jones
While in Texas, she
found a job doing pen and ink drawings for a department store.From there, she
husband and moved East.After the move, Jones
took a similar job at Kauffman's department store in downtown Pittsburgh.
four children were older, the St. Clairsville resident taught art at Wheeling Jesuit College, Wheeling Country Day School
and Oglebay Institute's
Stifel Fine Arts Center.She
also gave private lessons, but due to traveling, ceased offering lessons to aspiring artists earlier this year.
The octogenarian painter is still extremely active in the local art scene in the Ohio Valley
, however.Jones has been a member of Artworks Around Town since its inception 10 years ago and currently has work displayed at the gallery in the Centre Market gallery in Center Wheeling.She
can be seen weekly at the gallery.
"If we have artwork in the gallery, we have to work," she
also belongs to the Steubenville Art Association as well as the Southeastern Watercolor Society
.She previously had been a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, but because of the drive from her home in St. Clairsville, has opted to remain more active locally.
A frequent traveler, Jones
likes to go back to England in the spring and autumn of each year.
"I love to see the art shows in London," Jones
said."It is also so nice to see friends and relatives that are still there.My next trip will be to see an aunt who is living in Scotland."
After the death of her
husband in 1984, Jones
decided to go back to England.While there, she
took a course on British Art at Oxford University
"Of course, I had studied that before, but I wanted to take a class at Oxford
, with a friend from Detroit whom she
met at Oxford
, enjoys taking a trip overseas every year.To date, Jones
has experienced Africa where she
visited Kenya for an African safari, Russia and Central Asia, as well as China, Australia and New Zealand.While in Peru she
climbed Machu Picchu and toured the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.She
has also had the chance to visit the Balkan States, Switzerland and Bavaria in eastern Germany, where she
visited "everywhere Martin Luther had been."Jones
also has taken trips to Italy and Tuscany that were strictly art tours.
tries to look for art museums at every destination, Jones
rarely has time to paint while abroad.
"I take a lot of photographs, but I'm not a photographer, as such," she
said."There are times I will create a painting from one of the photographs."
Jones' main interest in art lies in landscapes, flowers and animal life, and she
works mainly in watercolors.However, she
enjoys pen and ink drawings, and occasionally switches to oil paints or chalk pastels.
"I don't like abstract - everything I paint is realistic, so you can recognize it," Jones
has an extensive flower garden that surrounds her
"I like gardening; the only thing I don't do is cut the grass," she
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