Heather Smith Jones
In my current work, I transfer the immediacy of thought and composition from my sketchbook drawings to canvas and make modifications as I move from a private scale to an accessible format and slower medium. The accumulated marks, shapes, and colors form an autobiographical iconography referencing nature, the passage of time, and the gesture of the hand. My paintings and drawings, both representational and abstract, express an inner tension. They relay personal conversations about common experiences such as loss, growth, grief, and hope. The titles I choose, poetic or descriptive, reflect part of the process in that dialogue and hint at the underlying story.