I am based in Oxford, in the United Kingdom, and have been an artist since early childhood. I specialise in human portraits and animal portraits in pencil and watercolour, and landscapes and botanical subjects in various media. I paint primarily in watercolour, coloured ink and acrylics.
I get inspiration from living in Oxford, my love of gardening, nature and wildlife, and from my travels. My family roots are in the Caribbean, and I am attracted to bright tropical colours, which feature significantly in my artwork. I adore the blue of tropical skies and oceans, the intense oranges and pinks of sunsets, and the myriad vibrant colours of the indigenous flora and fauna.
I have visited Italy on several occasions to do landscape painting, and some of my work is inspired by places I have visited in Tuscany, Venice and the southern-most region of Sicily. I find the landscapes and architecture in Italy particularly beautiful, and find much subject matter on my visits there. I always carry my sketch books and watercolour paints on my travels, and a camera to capture interesting subjects for future artwork.
I also write poetry and fiction, and hope to publish my work in the near future, including a series of children's books, which I would also like to illustrate.
Please see the events pages for further details about past and forthcoming exhibitions.
Yvonne L. Jones painting in Tuscany, October 2012.
My motto is 'Art is for Everyone'. My aim is to provide original art to anyone who appreciates art in its many forms, whatever their social status. I believe art has a beneficial effect on our lives, and if my work brings joy to just one person in the world then I have done my job. There is so much beauty in the world, in all people, our surroundings and the creatures that inhabit this earth. They are a gift that we can all enjoy, which I translate to artistic media in my own personal style.
I have completed several commissions since 2008 and hope to undertake more in the future. If you have a photograph of a relative, friend, your favourite celebrity or a beloved pet that you would like made into a portrait I can produce a piece of artwork in whatever artistic media or size you require.
I especially enjoy undertaking human and pet portraits. I have a great love of animals, and my family have had many furry friends over the years. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the unique personality of each animal. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and I believe personality shines out of their eyes, which I think should be the focal point in any animal portrait.
I also enjoy landscape painting, and if you have a favourite holiday snap of a beautiful view or a landmark that captures the essence of your holiday memories, I can translate this into a sketch or painting in your preferred media to the size you require.
I sketch and paint a wide variety of other subjects in different artistic media, including celebrity portraits, wildlife portraits, botanical art, urban landscapes, fantasy art, and abstract art, so if you have a specific subject in mind please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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