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Artist's Statement

For me, art is a way to depict a real world subject (animals, people, places) in a mythical world setting. My goal is to combine my personal mythology with the cultural mythology of the American West. The personal mythology is a product of growing up on the High Plains and ranchlands of Texas. The cultural mythology is drawn from the evolving popular culture perceptions of the historical American Frontier - from Tonto and the Lone Ranger, to Gunsmoke, to Little Big Man, to Dances With Wolves.

My first exposure to art was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that was my original perception of what "fine art" should be. Later, as I began searching for my own artistic direction, I became interested in early 20th Century Expressionist or Fauvist art. After studying this style I realized that many of my favorite Southwest artists were also inspired by Expressionism. So, I have come full circle. My art now reflects early Expressionism combined with the American Southwest style that originally inspired me. Call it New West Expressionism.

So now, I try to create works of art that let me travel to this mythic American West and I hope that you, the viewer, will join me on the journey.

 

Artist's Bio

D.R. (Dennis) Jones was born in Waco, Texas and raised on the High Plains in Lubbock, Texas. As a fourth generation Texan, he has roots going deep in the Texas soil. Jones says, "My mother even told me that I had an ancestor at the Alamo… and I believe everything my mother tells me!"

Dennis' artistic bent showed up at an early age. From the first time he saw a "Can You Draw This?" matchbook cover, he was hooked. His mother, herself an accomplished painter, recognized his talent and encouraged his artistic growth. After many years traveling and photographing in the American Southwest and Mexico, he has taken up the brush and palette and is producing works influenced by his years of travel. Dennis' current work reflects his Texas background. As he says, "Although I admire Native American art, that is not my heritage. So, in my work, I try to pay homage to my ancestral roots by creating images drawn from my own Texian heritage."

D.R. Jones currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. His work has been shown at art festivals throughout Texas, as well as galleries in Houston, Dallas, Taos New Mexico, and Wimberley.

Why Red Hand Art?. The hand print is the world's oldest form of art. In some ancient cave, a prehistoric hunter placed his bloody hand on the cave wall and left a print. His message was - Remember me. I once lived and loved and fought and died, but I was here for a little while and this is my mark.

The artist's message today is much the same.

d.r.jones, Wimberley, Texas

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