After thirty years of directing and designing for the stage, I have returned to my first passion: painting. Throughout my career in theatre the visual sense always proved to be my most dynamic (and expressive) tool so it is only natural that I now return to painting. This website gives me a way to continue sharing my view of the world and communicating with others. Drawing on a vast inventory of images that move me, I strive to depict them in ways that illuminate the reasons for my attraction. While my work is representational, I continue to be influenced most by impressionists. For me, it is not so much a question of faithful representation of images but using visual tools (color, line, mass, texture) to create a spontaneous record of my feelings at the moment of creation. Through my work, we will connect (the artist and the viewer), regardless of my intent. If I (the artist) am successful, the viewer (upon encountering my creation) will share my sensations and an unspoken understanding will occur between us. Presently, I am drawing inspiration from travels to Italy, France and Spain, using photographs and sketches, gathered on these travels, as resources. I'm particularly interested in off-beaten paths or familiar vistas from unexpected points of view. I also get satisfaction in drawing and painting the human form; particularly dancers in unguarded, private moments. I enjoy exploring texture and feel the medium itself contributes to the experience. I am presently painting on different surfaces: canvas, wood, paper. Of singular importance to me, however, is the notion that my work be painterly; representing a personal point of view.
Matt Jones Gallery, 2830 6th Ave. South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233, 205.521.6656