ABOUT THE ARTIST
ARTIST'S STATEMENT
There can be surprising beauty or mystery in the very ordinary things (or people) we routinely encounter. To demonstrate this notion in my representational pencil drawings, I sometimes remove the ordinary thing from its ordinary situation, placing it into a different environment, so that its effect or meaning may be altered. For example, I may depict a tree in an alternative habitat rather than the one it actually occupies, especially if it really exists in a parking lot. I sometimes depict people (known to me, or not) in a context of my own invention in order to create a different understanding of that person or to explore an idea.
I often use my own photographic reference as I compose and render my drawings, but sometimes the work is partly or wholly imaginary. I am fond, too, of finding inspiration in the family photo album.
I employ a variety of drawing techniques, from very fine crosshatching to loose, random strokes that may become scribbles. When drawing with graphite, I use sharply pointed leads of varying hardness, working on smooth-plate Bristol board or acid-free mat board. For metalpoint drawings I use a metal wire, such as copper, pure silver or 24-karat gold, on heavy paper or wood panel that has been prepared with a gesso surface or other drawing ground. I also enjoy exploring new materials and techniques.
BIOGRAPHY
Vicki M. Jones, a native of Central Florida, lives with her husband in Belle Isle, south of Orlando, Florida.  Mostly self-taught as an artist, she has been exhibiting her graphite pencil drawings since 1987. Her realistic and sometimes surreal works vary in subject matter.
Her home studio is the usual place where she creates the pieces shown in Central Florida area art festivals and art centers.  Her work is in numerous private collections, as well as those of Maitland Art Center, The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach), County of Osceola, Osceola Center of the Arts, City of Orlando, City of Apopka, Valencia Community College, and Walt Disney World Company.
For a comprehensive list of her experience, exhibitions & awards, please see Curriculum Vitae below.
CURRICULUM VITAE
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2019  “Familiar Beauty – the Drawings of Vicki Jones”
Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL
GROUP EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
2017  “Celebrating the Genius of Women”
           Orange County Library System, Orlando, FL
2009  “A Confluence” – (with Brigan Gresh, Dina Mack and Anna McCambridge)
           Maitland Art Center,
Maitland, FL
2008  “Beyond Geppetto”
           Orlando Museum of Art's First Thursday event
2008   “L. I. F. E. – Love Is For Everyone”
           Orlando City Hall Terrace Gallery
2001  “Small Works”
           Valencia Community College, Orlando
2001  “Mystic Nights”
           The Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando
2000  “Ten Women”
           V-Groove Productions, Orlando
1999  “Art Three By”
           Maitland Art Center
1996  “Spicy Hot Art Chicks” (with Anna McCambridge and Kathleen Regan)
           artsMall, Winter Park, FL
RECENT AWARDS INCLUDE:
2020   Award of Commendation
           Images: a Festival of the Arts
           New Smyrna Beach, FL
2019   Award of Merit
           Halifax Art Festival
           Daytona Beach, FL
2018   Award of Merit
           Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
           Winter Park, FL
2017   Judge's Selection
           Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
2017   Award of Distinction
           Halifax Art Festival
           Daytona Beach, FL
2017   First Place
           "Celebrating the Genius of Women,"
           Orange County Public Library, Orlando, FL
2017   Award of Merit and also Nominated for the
           Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation "Art of Philanthropy" Purchase Award
           Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
           Winter Park, FL
2017   Award of Commendation
           Images: a Festival of the Arts
           New Smyrna Beach, FL
2016   Award of Honor
           Halifax Art Festival
           Daytona Beach, FL
2015   Judges' Choice Award
           Osceola Art Festival
           Kissimmee, FL
2015   Award of Honor
           Apopka Arts & Foliage Festival
2015   Judges' Choice Award, Patrons' Purchase Award
           IMAGES, A Festival of the Arts,
           New Smyrna Beach, FL
2014   Award of Merit
           Space Coast Art Festival
           Cocoa Beach, FL
2014   Award of Excellence
           Osceola Art Festival
2015   Award of Distinction
           Halifax Art Festival
           Daytona Beach, FL
2014   Award of Excellence
           Maitland Rotary Art Festival
2011   High Award of Honor
           Halifax Art Festival
2010   Best of Show, 2D
           Osceola Art Festival
           Kissimmee, FL
2009   1st Place in Category
           Space Coast Art Festival
           Cocoa Beach, FL
2008   Award of Excellence
           Chain of Parks Festival
           Tallahassee, FL
2007   Award of Excellence
           Osceola Art Festival
PUBLIC and CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:
City of Orlando, FL
City of Apopka, FL
Maitland Art Center (Maitland, FL)
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach, FL)
Osceola County Commission (Kissimmee, FL)
Osceola Center of the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL)
Walt Disney World Company (Orlando, FL)
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