Meet Raleigh artist, Susan K Jones
Susan Jones graduated in 1978 from VPI&SU with a degree in accounting. Tax accounting did not provide enough of a creative outlet for her so she returned to college in 1996 to study art at Meredith College. In 2002 she graduated from NCSU College of Design with a MA in Design. Susan has studied photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and received her certification in Botanical Illustration in 2011 from UNC.
Susan has lived in Raleigh since 1993 and is very involved in the art community, donating time and art to groups throughout Raleigh. She served on the Board of the Visual Art Exchange as the Treasurer. She is a founding member of Tipping Paint Artists which owns and operates Tipping Paint Gallery at 311 W Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. Her work has been exhibited in North Carolina and is held in private collections.
She looks to the natural world and the environment for subject matter. Susan is drawn to folklore and fairytales; always searching for the perfect “wee ones” habitat, photographing mushrooms, toadstools, and interesting tree shapes along with botanical specimens. She is also drawn to rustic old buildings and enjoys exploring the older communities around the Triangle.
A modern version of an old technique
There are many things I love about hand painting photographs. I love the way color can be used to intensify depth and lead the viewer through the image, drawing their attention to aspects I want to be sure they don’t miss.
I use colored pencils on archival digital prints to create a modern version of hand colored black and white photographs. The photographs are printed to resemble the under-painting technique, grisaille, used by The Old Masters. Glazing is created by applying color in thin, transparent layers of colored pencil. My choice of subject matter reflects my training as an illustrator and documentarian; I love to photograph the world around me and I hope to share with you a different way of seeing.