My World: On Location with Rusty Jones
on location with Rusty Jones in McKinney, TX
Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX; Collectors Covey, Dallas, TX; Riverbend Fine Art, Marble Falls, TX; NanEtte Richardson Fine Art, San Antonio, TX; Port A Gallery, Port Aransas, TX; www.rustyjonesstudio.com.
What do you prefer about plein-air painting over creating landscape works in the studio? The advantage of plein-air work is that it uses all of the senses at once. To me, it's the ultimate painting experience. You are fighting both the elements and time, so all of your decisions have to be concrete and you have to move quickly. It's a test of your ability to recognize what is going on in front of you and put it in a painting in a way that is appealing to the public and yourself. In the studio, you have too much time to manipulate and change things. All the great painters have gone outside to paint. It's part of painting history. You feel like you are part of all the great painters who have come before you-the impressionists, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell.
Why do you enjoy capturing rural Texas? My grandmother got me interested in painting. When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I used to go out and paint with her in the Texas Hill Country. That's where I learned to paint, and it has stayed with me. Last year I started painting structures-buildings, barns-and sometimes farm animals to give my works more of a sense of life. …