A festival of fuchsias held in the village church provided me with the incentive to pick up a paintbrush in 1984. To begin with I used acrylic and gouache on a variety of different coloured backgrounds, which portrayed the vibrancy found in fuchsias. Later the technique of using watercolours with a ‘dry’ brush was integrated with the other media to produce the full range of botanical subjects. This not only allowed me to describe the plant accurately but to capture the true character and beauty of the plant.
Gallery (click to view)
Alison Jones is basically self-taught with no formal education in art. She was introduced to watercolour and received tuition by Jenny Jowett and Clare Dalby, both leading botanical artists.
In 1990 and 1993 Alison Jones was awarded the Grenfell Silver medals from the Royal Horticultural Society for exhibitions of fuchsias and cyclamen coum respectively. In 1995 the book ‘Fuchsias: The Complete Guide’, written by Edwin J.Goulding and published by B.T.Batsford, was illustrated by Alison Jones with 40 line drawings and 12 colour plates. In October 2000 Alison became a full member of the Society of Floral Painters and will be exhibiting nationwide.
In the years 2000, 2008 and 2013 Alison Jones was awarded the R.H.S. Grenfell Silver-gilt medals.
Exhibitions in 2016
March 2016: Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) were awarded a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society for the paintings of the wild flowers of the Brecklands.
April 2016: Exhibition with the I.B.A. at Blicklling Hall
May 2016: Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester with the Society Floral Painters. The runner –up certificate was given for the President’s award. Also the certificate for the best miniature was awarded.
12 – 18 September 2016, I.B.A. at Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk
10 September – 2 October 2016, Artworks 17th Annual Exhibition, Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2014 S.F.P. at The Oxmarket, Chichester. Awarded certificate for ‘Design and composition’.
2014 I.B.A. at Hockwold Hall, Norfolk
2014 Artworks 15th Annual Exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2013 R.H.S. Spring Show, Malvern. Silver-Gilt medal awarded.
2013 S.F.P. at The Vine, Nr. Basingstoke. Awarded certificate for ‘Botanical Excellence’
2013 Artworks 14th Annual Exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn
2013 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) at Wymondham Art Gallery, Norfolk
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