Monica Jones Artist

“Every painting is born from a feeling compelling me to record my view of a place. The quality of light in a split second captures my imagination and appeals to my senses. When I travel and experience a new place I am alert. This can be exhilarating and terrifying! Representing figures in my work captures that moment in time and creates a focal point for the viewer to connect either in a physical or emotional level”

img_3217The Early Years

Monica was born & raised in Cobh a seaport town on the South coast of County cork. Growing up in Cobh influenced Monica and it was where her love for Plein air Sketching began.

At the age of 17 Monica entered Art college in The Waterford Institute of Technology where she received a Diploma in Fine Art Painting. Monica followed this with a degree in Art, Craft & Design education from the Limerick college of Art & Design.

Career

After graduation Monica returned to cork to teach in secondary schools. During this time Monica continued to paint, exhibit & do commission work. In 1997 Monica made a decision to take a break from teaching and pursue her passion to become a professional Artist. Over these years Monica had a number of very successful solo and group shows.

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In 2007 Monica built her own studio where she worked and ran Art classes for adults. She also designed workshops for local schools, took up a residencey in a local primary school and Fitzgerald’s park “Art in the Park ” Social interaction with people is very important to Monica, connecting with students and sharing fuels her Artistic soul and gives balance to a creative life.

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Recently Monica relocated with her family to the suburbs of Philadelphia and has become a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and exhibited in an oil painting juried show. Monica is very excited to have the opportunity to paint in Philadelphia and gain knowledge of the Art business.