ABOUT MARTY JONES

  • 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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • 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. External 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 freelance commercial artist and designer for over 30 years; primarily working on commission for individuals as sort of a “professional hobby” until 1998. 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, Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings, portraits, architectural and technical illustrations. My first book jacket was published in the fall of 1999; my first children’s book was published in 2000. My work has been published internationally in children’s books, periodicals and on the Internet.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
  • Book Cover

    A Sense of Wonder

    (Article)


    Corp America Magazine

    2017