Dunsford artist finds niche on the wing
Carol Jones showcase exhibitor for June
Dunsford- based artist Carol Jones has found her niche.
For the past five years, Jones has used the unique combination of acrylic paint and bird feathers to create her works, some of which are currently on display at the Lindsay Gallery where Jones is the showcase exhibitor until Saturday, June 29.
Born in Manchester, England and moving to Ontario at the age of 21, Jones said wherever she has gone she's always had an interest in painting and drawing animals.
Although she said she has taken a few art classes "here and there", Jones is for the most part "self taught".
"It's just a process of trial and error," she said. "You learn better when you make mistakes."
Jones got her start using feathers after creating a piece as a Father's Day gift for a friend.
"I painted an eagle on it and he really seemed to like it," she said.
Things just moved on from there. She explained painting on feathers is "quite a procedure" and she has to spray them with a sealer or else "the paints just runs right through it."
Asked where she gets her feathers, she slyly said," I have got quite a network of friends."
However, Jones said she only uses feathers from birds that were molted or used for consumption.
"I do not support taking feathers for the sole purpose of marketing," Jones said.
Her preferred type of feather to work with is wild turkey tail feathers, which she said provide more room to work with due to their "broadness."
Jones' works have been seen at many shows around the City of Kawartha Lakes.
To view Jones' works or to contact about a commissioned piece, visit www.carolsfeatherart.com.