A festival of fuchsias held in the village church provided me with the incentive to pick up a paintbrush in 1984. To begin with I used acrylic and gouache on a variety of different coloured backgrounds, which portrayed the vibrancy found in fuchsias. Later the technique of using watercolours with a ‘dry’ brush was integrated with the other media to produce the full range of botanical subjects. This not only allowed me to describe the plant accurately but to capture the true character and beauty of the plant.
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Alison Jones is basically self-taught with no formal education in art. She was introduced to watercolour and received tuition by Jenny Jowett and Clare Dalby, both leading botanical artists.
In 1990 and 1993 Alison Jones was awarded the Grenfell Silver medals from the Royal Horticultural Society for exhibitions of fuchsias and cyclamen coum respectively. In 1995 the book ‘Fuchsias: The Complete Guide’, written by Edwin J.Goulding and published by B.T.Batsford, was illustrated by Alison Jones with 40 line drawings and 12 colour plates. In October 2000 Alison became a full member of the Society of Floral Painters and will be exhibiting nationwide. In the years 2000, 2008 and 2013 Alison Jones was awarded the R.H.S. Grenfell Silver-gilt medals.
Alison, who is a member of the Iceni Botanical Artists, has been a contributor to their first publication
‘Breckland Wildflowers, Heaths and Grasslands’. An exhibition of the originals was held at the Apex, Bury St. Edmunds throughout April 2017. As the first edition has sold the reprint is now available.
2018 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
2018 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) Babylon Gallery, Ely
2017 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk
2017 Artworks 18th Annual Exhibition
2016 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) awarded a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society for the paintings of the wild flowers of the Brecklands
2016 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.), Blickling Hall, Norfolk
2016 Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester with the Society Floral Painters
2016 Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.) Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk
2016 Artworks 17th Annual Exhibition, Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk
Forthcoming exhibitions in 2019
24th – 29th May 2019: Artworks at The Guildhall, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1PR
4th May – 29th June 2019: Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.), The Cornhall, St. Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB
21st September – 6th October 2019: Artworks at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, IP30 9HZ
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