ARTIST STATEMENT of Nola Jones
I live in Moyhu, North East Victoria, Au. in the King Valley wine growing area. My husband and I have raised four children on our beef property. Our farm has a creek and beautiful views in every direction, which gives me no end of inspiration. It’s a taste of paradise.
As a child, I entered a drawing competition for The Gould League Bird Lovers Guild, for which I received great encouragement. I enjoyed art at High school with attempts at painting, pastels, print making, etching, pen and ink. I loved experimenting with them and anything to do with craft. With artists in the family and studying art at Secondary teacher’s college as an elective, my interest was kept alive.
In 1997, after family commitments, I decided to take up my interest in art once more. The only avenue was Folk Art and Decorative Painting. Being a teacher I decided to begin classes and so for the last 20 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Decorative Painting initially, then extending into Fine Art. As a teacher, one seeks to learn, motivate, and encourage one’s students to obtain their full potential, which I find very rewarding. Also, I enjoy demonstrating and thus promoting painting to the wider community.
During this time, I attended classes, many workshops, conferences, use online studies and resources.
I belong to several online groups, asking questions, receiving critiques and support on a Global scale.
As a realistic painter, my subject matter is broad, from the intricate rose to full landscapes, recording many of the scenes from our property. I enjoy working with many mediums e.g. acrylics/ genesis heat set oils/ pastels/ watercolours/ oils/ liquid pencils on different surfaces and am anxious to explore these to the best of my ability. It’s hard to imagine a day passing without lifting a paint brush.
I have achieved many wins, especially at local shows in Decorative art and Fine Art, winning best of the show several times.
My works have been accepted and sold into the Moonee Valley Art Show, Flemington Art Show, Camberwell Art Show, Red Hill Art Show, Twin Rivers Lions Virtual Art Show. Paintings have been shown and sold in local Shows ie.King Valley and Tatong Art Shows, YMCA show, Wangaratta Art Society, as well as several Bright Exhibitions.
My works has been selected to be displayed on web groups and online galleries and have been invited to provide an article for the Artist Palette magazine.