Get Beyond Your Technique

Because my techniques stay relatively the same from painting to painting, being creative, for me, has more to do with inspiration and ideas than with the painting process itself. Something has to trigger an idea. I don’t just throw things together—I wait for things to scream “paint me.” Sometimes my ideas come from my imagination; sometimes I’m inspired by something I’ve seen. Either way, I listen to my inner voice and, most importantly, stay open. If you do this, you’ll find that all the things around you in the world slowly seep into your subconscious and out of your fingers while you paint.

D. Barry Jones, a native of Amarillo, Texas, has been a professional painter for 30 years. After studying fine arts at the University of Texas, she trained for four years at an atelier in the classical method of the old masters. In 1999, Jones’ work was selected to represent Texas in the “From the States Exhibition” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an Associate Guild member of the American Society of Classical Realism for three years, and her paintings toured with the Guild of Artists Exhibition; she’s a member of the American Artists Professional League, and she’s won national awards at its Grand National Competition in New York City; she’s a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, from which she’s received the Charles Vicery Award at the national show in Chicago and the Award of Excellence at the Dallas regional show; and she’s also an artist member of the Copley Society of Boston.

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