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I live a simple life made up of many pots of tea, reading, and eating more chips and salsa than any one person should ever eat. I think a lot about gardening but usually end up deciding to paint. I also spend a lot of time talking about art, movies and God with my husband. I'm a backsliding recovering thrift store addict. It's hard not to use the excuse of hunting for more still life props!

The beginning point for each painting is a still life set up. The whole process is a celebration of a slow gaze, work that comes from gratitude and a longing to practice mindfulness. These setups are composed of daily life--finding beauty, life, and energy in ordinary moments and objects. My work connects with the tradition of Vanitas by including ephemeral flowers, fish and fruit. It’s a race to paint them before they whither or die. Vanitas is always conscious of the paradox of pleasure in light of the brevity of life.

In the work I use a mixed media approach with acrylic paint and paper on canvas. Paint's physicality, texture and pigment combined with other media are a constant challenge (and obsession). I use it to create a surface that draws the viewer closer, giving a different experience nearer than at a distance. Wrapping paper and vintage ephemera that include map fragments, ledger paper, hymns, poetry and Little Golden Book Encyclopedia pages for children are my lexicon. This is a way to include other voices and viewpoints within the image. It reminds me that the world is bigger than it seems from my small vantage point. These collage choices also impart a sense of nostalgia.

Light, pattern, texture and most of all color are a focus that drive me on this creative journey. Sometimes it's fraught with struggle and sometimes it flows rather easily. The polka dot grids are a way to refer to faith in Spirit, atoms, pixels and all of the things that are hard to see that pervade the physical world. 

My deepest hope is to share with you a spirit of delight--a kind of thoughtful gladness.

Polly Jones grew up in Plainview, Texas surrounded by a vast sky and parents who encouraged her love for art. She earned a BFA at Abilene Christian University which sparked a love for still life painting that has occupied the past 35 years of her life. She is grateful to share this journey with her artist/professor husband and their creative and lovely daughter.  A full time artist, Polly spends time painting in her sunny porch studio at home. Her award winning work has been in numerous shows and is in many collections. Her mixed media paintings are exhibited at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Beaudry Gallery and Ugallery online.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

— Meister Eckhart
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