About

About

"I'm inspired by daily life, all of those beautiful, small moments that need to be noticed. My process includes painting directly from still life set ups and botanical imagery and landscapes of places dear to me. It's a way to play with color, pattern, light and texture. I often use polka dot grids as a way to refer to the order I sense in the world.

I like to include other voices in my work. Using collage mixed in with the paint is a way of expanding the image. Found text and bits from maps, dictionaries, poetry or vintage encyclopedias are woven into the paint like all of the influences and thoughts that work their way into the act of looking."

Polly Jones grew up in West Texas surrounded by a vast sky and parents who encouraged her love for art. She earned a BFA at Abilene Christian University which sparked a love for still life painting that has occupied much of the past thirty years of her life. She is grateful to share this journey with her husband Kenny, also an artist, and their creative and lovely daughter Marissa. They have spent many years in Tennessee though the last dozen have been back in Abilene where Kenny teaches art at ACU. Polly spends time painting in her sunny studio at home. Her work has been in numerous shows and is collected throughout the world through the wonders of her Etsy shop. She is a signature artist at The Center for Contemporary Arts and also has work on display at River Oaks Gallery in Abilene Frame and Arts.

More about her ongoing work on her art blog Small Wonders Daily Painting and Instagram.


Education


Education
1982        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Abilene Christian University
1983        Teaching Assistantship and Graduate studies at University of Arkansas                   

Solo Exhibitions

2017        Small Dramas, The Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene,Texas

2016        On the Table, The Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, Texas
2004        Recent Paintings by Polly Jones, Freed-Hardeman University Art Gallery, Henderson,   
                Tennessee
2000        Polly Jones, New Paintings, Union University Art Gallery, Jackson, Tennessee
1999        Recent Paintings by Polly Jones, New Adjunct Faculty Exhibition, Freed-Hardeman
                University, Henderson, Tennessee
1990        Paintings by Polly Jones, West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, Tennessee
1990        Artist of the Month, Knoxville Arts Council, Knoxville, Tennessee

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017        Emerging Artist Show at Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta

2017        The Lady Themed Art Show, Art Crush Studios, Abilene
2017        Stars of Texas, Brownwood
2016        New^er Works by Center Artist Memebers, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene
2014        Stars of Texas, Honorable Mention, Brownwood, Texas
2013        BCAA annual exhibit, The ACU Downtown Gallery, 2nd Place in Painting, Abilene
2013        Terra Incognita, The ACU Downtown Gallery, Abilene, Texas
2012        The Assistance League Show, Houston, Texas
2012        Big Country Area Art Association Show, Honorable Mention, Abilene, Texas
2012        Group Show The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
2011        Stars of Texas, Honorable Mention, Brownwood, Texas
2010        Big Country Area Art Association Show, 3rd Place, Abilene, Texas
2010        Group Show at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
2010        Three Person Show at Abilene Frame And Art Gallery, Abilene, Texas
2010        Texas National 2010, Juror Judie Pffaf, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches                2010        Group Show at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
2009        Group Show at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
2008        Palimpsest, Work by Robert Green, Kenny Jones and Polly Jones, ACU Downtown Art
                Gallery
2007        Group Show Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas
2006        Stars of Texas, Honorable Mention, Brownwood, Texas
2005        The Plains Art Association 45th Annual Spring Show, First Place in acrylic, Plainview          2005        Big Country Area Art Association Show, Honorable Mention, Abilene, Texas   
2005        Art by Kenny and Polly Jones, Laissez Faire Art Gallery, Columbia,Tennessee   
2005        33rd Exhibition South, Tennessee Valley Art Center, Tuscumbia, Alabama
2004        5th Annual Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit, The Renaissance Center, Dickson,
                Tennessee  



Publications

2017        The Moo.com Blog
2015        Abilene Reporter New

2015        Marquin Designs Interview

2011        Etsy Blog

2011        Winter Issue of Studio Magazine

2011        Abilene Reporter News