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paint, and draw, and to make artwork. He has a strong affinity for natural scenes, though he also enjoys inserting people into his landscapes. “I love people, and they are part of our lives,” he went on. Having characters in the works adds an element of relatability to the art and “I think it puts things into perspective, too.” As a young man of just eight years old, Jones first discovered a love for art when he started drawing cartoon characters and airplanes. “It was the one thing I could do probably better than anybody else in my grammar school class,” he said, noting that this artistic trend continued throughout his high school experience. Ultimately, he wanted to be an illustrator and artist, and had his hopes set high when he started school at the Atlanta Art Institute. Upon graduation, however, Jones discovered that the shift to photography in advertising had a significant impact on his career prospects as an illustrator. “Times were hard,” he recalls, and therefore he made the choice to switch gears and went on to start and run two companies within the dental industry. As an adult and with a family to consider, it was necessary to for a time to turn his emphasis to practical matters and business. He never let those real-world circumstances deter him from making art, however,
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and continued to study under experienced and notable artists locally. After his daughter left for college and Jones retired, he was able to focus more exclusively on his craft. “I am really happy when I’m sitting down in front of an easel with a brush in my hand,” Jones explained. “It’s a challenge, and it gets your mind off everything else. You lose track of time and your problems just sort of disappear.” The focus of making art is important and healthy for Jones, who has also benefited from joining groups of like-
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Above: Arthur Jones Opposite page: Marsha Savage
minded artists nearby. Beyond the benefits of entering his artwork in themed or juried shows through art organizations, he also notes the added benefit of inspiration, support and education. “As an artist, it helps to get involved with these organizations because it’s good to be around people with the same interests you have,” he said. “It keeps you going.”
Cherokee County The Cherokee Arts Center 94 North St., Canton, 30114 770-704-6244, cherokeearts.org
Cobb County The Arts Place & MVAA Mountain View Arts Alliance 3330 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, 30066 770-509-2700, tapmarietta.com