Catherine Jones is a self taught painter out of Birmingham, Alabama. She creates beautiful works in both color and black and white. Her range and use of surprising color combinations is beautiful and intriguing. Catherine is such a sweetheart, and I’m sure you are going to enjoy reading her interview…
How did you become an artist?
I’ve always been an artist in a way. I have dabbled in most everything in the creative field–photography, jewelry making, apparel construction, you name it. My mother was an interior designer so I grew up in showrooms surrounded by beautiful things, and I think I just innately absorbed everything. I have always painted, but it just took me a while to narrow down what it was that I wanted to focus on.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on commissions, and lots of new things for upcoming shows in November and December. I’m having a lot of fun experimenting and pushing myself out of my comfort zone…stay tuned!
Where do you do your work from?
I work from my studio at home, which is always a mess :) As I mentioned earlier, I have been painting for my whole life, but throughout college and right after college, I never had the space to really sink my teeth into painting. That changed after I married my husband and we moved into our house. I turned a spare room into my studio, and I’m so thankful for that little space!
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
I am usually so energized by color–the bolder the better, but recently, I find myself really loving texture and more of a broken-down process, if you will. I’m heavy into ink right now and applying it on top of paintings–it is so fun to see what it does, as the fluidity can be so random. I’m always inspired by my husband, a J.Crew Catalog, crisp black & white contrast in interiors or art, the color pale pink, flowers in a beautiful vignette–the list could go on.
What are you the most proud of?
Hmmm, I would say that I am most thankful for the gift of creativity…my life would be rather drab without it. I love sharing it with others and seeing them react to it–it’s kind of addicting!
What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it?
Oh goodness, well of course, I love all of our wedding photos, and the original portrait of my grandmother on her wedding day–the art in our house changes constantly, of course, but there’s this one piece that I did in college…I minored in photography so it was a rare moment when I didn’t have one of my cameras in hand. I took this photo on my Holga (my favorite way to take pictures; you never know how they will turn out) of my then boyfriend now husband, and my now dog. I went hunting with them that day, and it was overcast and cold, and I remember catching them in this moment–I love black-and-white film, LOVE-I also adore the old-school hunting flair this photo evokes. I dream of showing our children one day with Boomer (our dog) right beside them.
(All photos courtesy of Catherine Jones)