Doris Jones, an expert in pen and ink drawing and pastels, is returning to the Ohio Valley for a show at Artworks Around Town in Wheeling's Centre Market.
A former member of Artworks Around Town, Jones returns for a Gallery Hop from 5-8 p.m. today to mark the opening of her solo show in the Studio Gallery of Artworks.
The North Galley features work by a student of Janet Sheehan, the new watercolor teacher at Artworks.
A longtime St. Clairsville resident, Jones moved to northeastern Ohio to be nearer to her family.
Since that time, she has become involved again in art shows and the teaching of workshops.
Continuing her artistic career, Jones is exhibiting work in the gift shop of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. In May, she won a best of show award and a second prize in the Lake Shore Artists Show. A first-place award in Orwell, Ohio, was an another new accomplishment.
Jones, a native of England, enrolled at Bromley Art College in Kent, England, where she worked for four years and trained in anatomy, perspective and architecture with an emphasis on drawing. After graduation from Bromley, she worked as an illustrator in London.
While visiting her war bride sister in El Paso, Texas, she worked as an illustrator depicting merchandise of the largest department store in that city.
After her marriage to an American and a move to the Pittsburgh area, she became a pen and ink illustrator for Kaufmann's department store, creating illustrations for newspaper ads and brochures. In Wheeling, she created pen and ink illustrations for Horne's of Wheeling.
Still working in pen and ink, Jones is also a teacher of watercolor and pastel. Both media rely on drawing skill of which she is a master. She taught art classes at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center, along with classes in drawing, pastel and watercolor at Artworks Around Town. She was an art lecturer at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Her work has been included in a number of private and public collections including Ohio University, Bethany College, Zanesville Art Museum and Belmont College. She has won numerous awards in tri-state area artistic competitions. She is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Southeastern Ohio Watercolor Society, Steubenville Art Association and the Lake Shore Artists in Ashtabula.