Imagine growing up in walking distance from 100 acres of breathtaking beauty. Painting scenes from Maymont has been the subject that matters in many of Jerome W. Jones, Jr.’s collection of landscapes for over 50 years. “Psalm 1” and “Life’s Red Carpet of Roses,” inspired by Isaiah Chapter 35, are examples of the exquisite earthly reflections of The Eternal Word. Now Jerome’s son, Jeromyah Jones, is painting in his father’s footsteps after enjoying the family visits as a child. From observing nature in a stroller to using the gazebos for his plein air studios, the landscape has been his creative escape. In 2012 Jeromyah was the featured artist for Maymont’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Japanese Garden. A scene he painted from this garden entitled, “The Everlasting Path,” symbolizes how the road less traveled can lead our eyes to seeing the supreme in being. “Taking the Next Step” is not only the title of his painting portraying a father and son that he and his father witnessed crossing the stepping stones of a pond, it became the empowering message Jeromyah delivered during his high school graduation speech in 2008. His painting “Resting in Paradise” represents his admiration for poetic romanticism. Jerome’s painting, “33 ACRES” of a rural setting in Hanover, Virginia is transfigured into his vision of the kingdom of heaven on earth. His acronym for ACRES is “Art Can Reveal Eternal Secrets.” For this father and son art duo, painting the land is a universal way for them to teach “the art of life through the love of art.”
To see more of Jerome and Jeromyah’s artwork visit www.JeromeWJonesJr.com.