Thomas William Jones


Thomas William Jones has been greatly influenced by the smaller spaces of his native Northern Ohio and the vastness of the Pacific Northwest. Painting exclusively in watercolor, the artist is known for his refinement of texture and delicacy of brushwork. He eliminates nonessentials to focus on the intimate isolation of his varied subjects. He tends to understate, rather than overstate, thus quietly drawing the viewer’s eye toward the subtleties achieved in his paintings.

Mr. Jones has painted since childhood and has always been drawn to the watercolor medium. A 1964 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, his entire career has been devoted to fine art. He was officially commissioned by the White House to paint the Reagan’s Presidential Christmas cards from 1985-1988. Vice President and Mrs. Cheney commissioned him to paint the Vice Presidential cards for 2002 and 2003. He has successfully shown in numerous solo, group, and museum exhibitions and has received numerous national awards.

Mr. Jones resides in the Pacific Northwest with his family.

Exhibitions (Selected)
2003 One Man Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
1980-2000, Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
1999 One Man Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
1996 Great American Artists, Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1996 One Man Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
Hubbard Museum, 'Art Award of Excellence, Ruidoso Downs, NM - Traveling Exhibition - Russia, Berlin
'Celebration of Northwest Art', Governor's Mansion, Olympia, WA
'Illusionism Hand Made', Washington Year Exhibition, University of Washington, Henry Gallery, Invitational,
Seattle, WA
Prix de West Invitational, Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, OK
154th Academy of Design, New York, NY
American Watercolor Society's Annual, New York, NY
Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Butler Institute of American Art, 36th Annual, Youngstown, OH

Museum Exhibitions
'Three Decades of Watercolor', Frye Museum, Seattle, WA
Washington Open, Seattle Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Works On Paper, Northwest Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Awards (Selected)
2002and 2003, Officially commissioned by Vice President and Mrs. Cheney for the Vice Presidential Christmas cards
1985-1988, Officially commissioned by the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan's Christmas cards
National Academy of Western Art, Gold and Silver Medals, Western Heritage Center Museum,
Oklahoma City, OK
Annual Puget Sound Area, Honorable Mention, Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA
112th American Watercolor Society Bronze Medal, National Academy Gallery, New York, NY
Rocky Mountain National Award, First Place, Golden, CO
American Watercolor Society's 108th Annual, Ted Kautzky Award, New York, NY

2002 Seasons Greeting From The White House, by Mary Evans Seeley
1996 Southwest Art, December issue feature article
1992 A Nation's Pride, Art In The White House, White House Historical Association
1985 Southwest Art, September issue cover article
1981 American Artists, Northwest Artists Eye Of The Raven
1979 American Artists, September issue

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