Sunset Over New Zealand Mountains, 2008, Oil on canvas with palette knife, 16” x 20”

Sunset Over New Zealand Mountains, 2008, Oil on canvas with palette knife, 16” x 20”

Patricia A. Lee

Photograph by Sheri Oneal

Photograph by Sheri Oneal

Fashion Designer/Speaker

I look at art and fashion as the same, just on different canvases. Having studied fashion and art, these are the center of whatever is new and innovative in my life. This is why I love paintings by my husband, Darnell Jones. My favorite painting is his Sunset Over New Zealand Mountains. I find myself in a frame of mind where the vibrating colors in the sky and the deep tones of purple peaking off the mountains create a soothing cradle. When I look deep into the mountain, I can see a subtle human form. The water gives off a deep color and reflection of peace and tranquility. Darnell’s style and use of color enlighten my eyes to style.

ARTIST BIO • Darnell Victor Jones

Nashville native Darnell Victor Jones works in a variety of mediums and genres, and portraiture is his specialty. He developed his artistic skills at a young age and was encouraged to further them by his Pearl High School art teacher Ardela Thompson. He went on to study art education and art history at Tennessee State University, then pursued a degree in Communicative Design at the University of Tennessee. After college, Darnell received a commission through Quality Takes Time to paint thirty portraits of country-western stars. His art appears on canvas and clothing and evolves through his experimentation with the alla prima technique (also known as wet-on-wet) and materials such as fabric paint, soft pastels, felt pens, and gouache. darnelltheartist1@yahoo.com

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