bettina barbara jones was born in Washington, D.C. in 1952.
"I grew up on the East Coast and began my professional painting career at age sixteen, when my work was picked up by James Hunt Barker Galleries in Nantucket, MA
My mother, a painter and collector of folk art allowed me to have an early contact with this type of art. At the advice of my godmother who was also an artist, I dropped my middle and last name when dealing with my art. As a rebellious teenager, this was probably the only time I instantly took the advice of an adult.
After receiving a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, I worked as an art director and illustrator in New York City.
My style is a mix of influences and they include: European, US and Caribbean folk art, animation, graphic design and the artists Henri Rousesau, Paul Gauguin and Modigliani
From my teens to my relocation to Hawaii in 1978, I spent time in the Caribbean and was influenced by the islands' folk artists. While my work is viewed as unique and out of the mainstream art circles, my paintings are found in private collections in the United States, Central and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia.
In January 2016, I reluctantly left my island home for the mainland. I spent a year in Portland Oregon and as of May 2017, I relocated to Tucson, Arizona. I am creatively inspired here in the desert, much more than in the Pacific Northwest. I look forward to painting here in Tucson."
I have limited edition giclee prints available. Choice of archival smooth hot press paper, high quality gloss finish canvas or aluminum prints. Paper and metal prints must be mailed flat. Canvas prints can be rolled for shipping in mailing tube. Prices do not include shipping. Please note that these are custom prints and turn around time on your order may take a few weeks depending on work load at the printers. Sizes are approximate based on size of the original painting. Size is based on the actual image, not borders. Custom sizing is available. My runs are 260 images total with varying sizes within that run. If you are interested a painting becoming a print, please feel free to contact me as I periodically add images into my print catalog. If you need to see a larger image than what is on this site, please let me know and one can be emailed to you.
posters: I have two signed unlimited editions posters. These are rolled and shipped in mailing tubes. These items are in stock and can be shipped within a few days of order. Prices for posters do not include shipping
All prices listed on the website are for the art only. Shipping and insurance fees are additional and are determined by the location that the art is shipped. Contact me for pricing on originals.
Upon receiving the art, if the customer is not totally satisfied, I will issue a full refund upon return of said artwork. Customer must inform the artist within 7 days of receipt that the art is unsatisfactory. Please keep the original packing materials to return the artwork.
All my works are protected under copyright registration. I own all reproduction rights to my artwork.
I also do commission work for clients. I discuss with the client images they like and find out what colors, themes, and ideas they have. From there i send sketches for client comments. Sketches will become more detailed as we get closer to final piece. Once an approval of the final sketch is made, then the cost of the painting is determined and agreed upon.
I have done portraits in a number of different mediums and styles. I can provide additional samples. Either I photograph the subject ( preferred ) or a photo can be sent to me as I work from photos only.
Please contact me for more information on either.
care for artworks
Important - with ALL artwork - Do NOT hang where exposed to direct sunlight.
originals on stretched canvas, canvas panel and masonite. These do not need glass. They all have a final varnish ( except oils that are indicated directly to client. Oils need a long time for 'drying' before a final varnish can be applied. It is not necessary and it has a tendency to yellow over time)
To clean, dry dust first, then if needed wipe with a damp cloth - water only.
works on paper - including paintings, sketches, Giclee prints on paper, posters. Frame under glass, preferably UV coated glass. Avoid very moist areas as moisture can get under glass and cause mold or spotting.
giclee canvas reproductions These may be framed without glass when on stretcher bars. For cleaning dry dust only. Do not get wet. These can also be framed under glass - flat or stretched
aluminum giclee - These reproductions need no frame. For cleaning wipe with a damp cloth. If finger prints are on it, you may clean with glass cleaner with NO Ammonia.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the care of your artworks.