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 P. A. (Peggy) Jones  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Arizona/California      Known for: luminous landscape and figure painting

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P.A. Jones has been painting since she was five years old.  When she was eleven, one of her paintings was used on the cover of the Laguna Arts Festival Children's Division Program in California.  This very early success and recognition provided the impetus for her lifelong dedication to art.

She was born in Manhattan Beach, California, and was raised in a tumultous, often moved household by a devoutly religious mother and an engineer father who was highly intelligent but not much of a 'breadwinner'.  In fact, her own lifestyle is not one of being settled in one place.  She estimates she has moved 40 times.

However, her parents were very supportive of her artistic talents.  Following high school graduation she began a career in the graphic arts, working first as an ad designer for a newspaper in the Los Angeles area, the Escondido Coast Dispatch, and then with various advertising agencies.  Married at the time to a constantly moving printer, she set up her own graphic design business in four different cities.  She also gave birth to a son and daughter.

She moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico in 1983, hoping to settle down and paint full time and to get her life under 'control'.  She taught herself to use pastels, a medium well suited to her busy lifestyle.

Her sojourn in New Mexico was short-lived, and in 1985 she found herself in Phoenix, Arizona.  Her marriage disintegrated and she found solace in her artwork. Her artwork was becoming successful, but the demands of single parenthood forced a return to full time employment and part time painting.  In an effort to find more time to paint, she moved back to the mountains of Ruidoso in 1994, worked part time, and delved into her art.  Skyscapes became a favorite subjects for many of her canvases which are luminist.

In 1997, inspired by the old masters, Peggy started the process of learning how to paint in oils.  While in Ruidoso, she met her mentor, Ann Templeton, who encouraged and guided Peggy through her struggles with a new medium.

Settling in the 1990s again in the metropolis of Phoenix, her art reflects that her heart and soul are still in the untouched beauty of nature.  Now that her children have embarked upon their own journeys into adult life, Peggy finds herself totally devoted to full time painting, exploring a depth and richness achieved through oils.  However in the early part of 2000, she moved to Dallas, Texas, another location with panoramic landscapes and skyscapes.

"Being an artist is the ultimate vacation. Creating art is the ultimate occupation.  The chaos that surrounds us is often the inspiration, or motivation, to create a place to escapea creation that becomes a visual image I am able to share with others once complete.  There are so few of the truly quiet places left in our world, fewer still are free from man's imprint. I hope to provide a window to these quiet, uncontrived places to which we can escape even when surrounded by the chaos of life."

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The Taos Gallery Scottsdale, 2002
Devon Jackson, "Imaginary Places", Southwest Art, March 2006, pp. 100-105

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