NAN JONES | Liza Pruitt



Nan Jones creates art because it brings her joy. From her early childhood she experimented with methods and styles of creating and can still remember the way it made her feel the first time she used oil pastels — the way they effortlessly slid across paper felt like magic. Throughout Nan’s childhood and into her adolescence she was consistently enrolled in art classes through school, took private lessons, and attended every kind of art camp you can imagine. She found she thrived most in a creative environment.

Now a full-time artist working from her cottage studio in Raleigh, NC, Nan continues to feel most alive when she is creating. When she approaches a blank canvas, Nan does not have a plan or an ending in mind. She lets her hands flow, starting with a limited color palette and working in more unexpected colors as she goes. Texture and layering are the cornerstones of her work, and Nan incorporates the use of palette knives into her technique, as well. She doesn’t shy away from large amounts of paint and loves to mix graphic elements with slightly chaotic ones to achieve the look she wants. 

From the windows of her studio Nan studies the trees around her and clouds, which remind her to allow her art to form and reform as many times as it takes to feel just right. She values evolution in all aspects of her life and can look back on work she has created over the years to see how her journey as an artist has unfolded. 

Nan grew up in Charlotte but has lived in Raleigh a good part of her adult life. In addition to her canine studio companion, Oliver, Nan is supported by her husband Todd and their two children, McCrea and Camp. 

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