• Artwork,  Local History,  Painting Series

    Portrait Series: John W. Jones

    John W Jones blog cover

    I’m currently focusing on getting everything ready for my upcoming show in Geneva, so for today’s blog post I’m sharing one from a couple years ago for you to enjoy.  In it I explore the ties that Elmira has to the Underground Railroad and some of the key leaders of…

  • Artwork,  Local History,  Painting Series

    Portrait Series: John W. Jones

    John W Jones blog cover

    Recently I started to research different time periods throughout history that had ties to important movements in Black history and the role of Elmira (my current town) in each of them.   One of the first time periods I decided to dig into was the Abolition Movement of the 1830’s to…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    Portrait Series: Mrs. Williams

    Mrs. Williams blog cover

    You would let me follow you around your garden, pointing out each flower and plant and showing me how they’ve grown. A favorite was the money plant, pulling apart the pieces pretending I had countless coins. And also the mint, which grew through your giant flowerbed. I would tip toe…

  • About Artist,  Fun Fact Friday

    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans and Portraits

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscans were one of the first civilizations to use True Portraiture (capturing the image and character of a specific person instead of generic figures).

    I’m still talking about the Etruscans (they are my favorite ancient civilization after all).  And this might just be the thing I find most interesting about them! The Etruscans broke away from the generic style of drawing portraits used by the Egyptians and Greeks and began portraying individualized detail of…