Joe Jones

I was sketching before I entered grade school,and was doing landscapes with colored pencils by age ten, and was dabbling in water color and oil paints by the time I entered high school. I majored in art at Grand Junction High School. I'm a graduate of Mesa Junior College (now Colorado Mesa University) majoring in Applied Arts.
I served in the Army in South Korea during the Vietnam War. Following my discharge, I attended the University of Hawaii where I earned an Applied Arts degree and a Masters degree in Asian Art History.
I married while in Hawaii, laid down my art brushes, picked up lettering brushes and worked as a commercial artist in Dallas, Texas. I had my own sign company, A&E Signs there for 15 years. I returned to my beloved Western Colorado and worked as a graphic designer at Pyramid Printing and AlphaGraphics until I retired.
After a forty five year hiatus, and at the encouragement of a former college girlfriend, I picked up artist brushes and began painting again in November 2010. Much to my happy surprise, the paintings I have produced upon returning to art have been superior to those I produced before the hiatus.
I primarily paint landscapes of actual places because I enjoy the challenge of attempting to copy the "Master" - the Artist of all creation, though the best of my work is but a dim reflection of His.



This portfolio is of the landscape paintings I produce from photographs that I take. Thy are all painted in acrylics on canvas.

Mind's Eye “Mind's Eye”

"Mind's Eye" is Partition Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. While the arch itself is not particularly interesting the view through it is. The original painting is 24" X 36" painted in acrylics on canvas.

Layer Cake “Layer Cake”

"Layer Cake" is a view of the meander in the Colorado River as seen from Dead Horse Point (over 2000 feet above the river). The original painting is 24" x 36" painted in acrylics on canvas.

Maroon Bells “Maroon Bells”

Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado is said to be the the most photographed natural landmark in the US. The original painting is 24" x 36" painted in acrylics on canvas.

Autumn on the Mesa “Autumn on the Mesa”

"Autumn on the Mesa is a scene at Wild Rose Campground off Land's End Road, on Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, CO. The original painting is 24" x 36" painting 1n acrylics on canvas.

Canyon Mist “Canyon Mist”

This Painting is a winter scene out here in the canyon country. The original is a 24" x 36" painting in acrylics on canvas.

The Road Less Traveled “The Road Less Traveled”

This is a scene along the Mica Mine Trail in the Bangs Canyon Recreation Area southwest of Grand Junction Colorado. The original is a 24" x 36"acryllics painting on canvas.