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Marty Jones
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I don't remember a time that I didn't draw; I began drawing "seriously" in High School and intended to become a Technical Illustrator. Lack of planning and foresight led me to a degree in Architecture, instead of an education in Art. Further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to an eight-year career in construction; further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to a career with the City of Portland as a Building Plans Examiner, from which I 'retired' with a medical layoff in 1998. But the dream never died... I've been a free-lance commercial artist and designer for over 30 years. During my college years I exhibited my artwork in a number of non-juried shows, but found little time for "serious" illustration until 1988, when a ruptured appendix and a brush with death caused me to re-evaluate my goals and priorities. I realized that my future wasn't as predictable as it appeared; and that God has given me a talent He intended to be used for the benefit of others. I then decided it was time to get "serious" about my career as an illustrator.
My 'body of work' is fairly eclectic in its nature, and isn't specifically geared toward one type of illustration, however, all of my illustrations are realistically-styled. My preferred media is digitally-colored graphite. I also use colored pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and airbrush as the need arises.
As of this writing, I’ve illustrated five children’s books, created numerous illustrations for a variety of clients; including Steiner Korea, Scholastic Inc. and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings and a numerous portraits. I also create Architectural and Technical illustrations. I teach art classes for children on an irregular basis; and speak to a variety of groups on a variety of topics related to illustration and on Building Code related subject matter. I also work as an 'outsourcing service provider' for various Internet-based graphic arts and architectural production companies.

Favourite Visual Artist
Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta
Favourite Movies
El Dorado [JW]; Warriors of Heaven and Earth
Favourite TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes; Inspector Lewis
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Marilyn Keller; Gordon Lightfoot; Billy Crockett; Jason Gray
Favourite Books
The Call [Guiness];
Favourite Writers
Philip Yancey; Oz Guiness; CS Lewis
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New post: Chronicles in Ordinary Time 40: Advent- the time of waiting http://mjarts.wordpress.com/ Adaptation of Norman Rockwell's "Adoration of the Magi" Acrylic/Colored Pencil 27 X 17 - The inspiration for this painting comes from a painting created by my Illustrator hero, Norman Rockwell. - See more at: http://www.mjarts.com/port_1a.htm I don't create many of specifically "religious" images. There are two, at present. One for Christmas, one for Easter. I'm not entirely sure why I don't create more "religious" images. Probably because I'm not very religious, in spite of the fact that I gave my life to the Creator in 1973...forty years
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I decided a long time ago, when I started writing stuff [as a Building/Planning Code consultant I send out a newsletter], that I would only write about things I KNOW, rather than things I'm guessing about. Consequently, I never provide suggestions about investments and financial matters. I had a lesson in this concept a long time ago; a time that now seems like a different lifetime. I accepted a challenge to 'sit at the feet' all night with an 'expert' in marketing and life. I went to work tired the next day, but energized. He had spent a few hours talking about how to make marriages work successfully--a handsome, well-groomed businessman w
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Chronicles in Ordinary Time