Hill Country Longhorns, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 36" ©
This Texas-born artist, raised in the Hill Country area, traces his earliest influences in art to his grandmother. He vividly remembers the smell of her studio. She was the first to put a paintbrush in his hands and encourage his interest in art. Of her, he said: "She had a crusty personality and a toughened exterior, but when she sat down to paint, a calm came over her and I could see the joy in her face as paint fell from her brush to the canvas."
Rusty studied fine art at the University of Texas and obtained a Masters Degree in Medical Illustration. He had a keen interest in combining science and art through his illustrations. For over twenty years, Rusty has illustrated hundreds of articles for medical journals and textbooks. He has also provided illustrations for pharmaceutical ad campaigns, patient education programs, college textbooks, legal exhibits and medical products instructional texts.
At the same time Rusty developed a commercial illustration career featuring his love for sports. His sports art has been commissioned by private collectors, magazines, ad agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He has provided art for the United States Golf Association, Golf Illustrated Magazine, Augusta National Golf Club, American Way Magazine, The Coca-Cola Foods Division, the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, the Dallas Cowboys NFL team and many other notable clients.
Now Rusty Jones pursues the American landscape. His influences include Carl Runguis, Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, James Reynolds and Richard Schmid. Jones has studied with contemporary landscape painters Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, Don Ward and Joseph Mendez at the Fredericksburg Artist School. Jones Is a member of the Outdoor Painters Society and Oil Painters of America.
The Victorian Gallery, Dallas, Texas