Elaine Lierly Jones
Art has always been a part of my life. My introduction to pastel came in the fall of 2000 and quickly became my favorite medium. There is nothing between you and the surface except a stick of pastel which can be as subtle or as bold as I choose. I think of pastel as sticks of light. Layering with hard and soft pastels creates depth and texture in my paintings. I scratch, brush, blend and layer until I achieve my desired effect. My base materials are many as I like to experiment with sanded and unsanded papers or homemade surfaces layered with gesso and pumice. I am fascinated by light, reflected and direct and strive to achieve exciting compositions.
I was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2009 Paint the Parks Mini 50 and the Juror’s Choice Award in the 2008 Paint America Mini 50 competitions. I have received Honorable Mentions in the Pastel Journal and Artist Magazine in the Landscape and the Wildlife categories. I have also received awards in national shows at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St Joseph, Mo, the Heartland Artist Exhibition, Merriam, Ks and from the Arkansas Pastel Society’s National Exhibition in Little Rock, Ark. I also enjoy the rewards and challenges of Plein Air painting.