Dunsford artist finds niche on the wing

Carol Jones show­case ex­hibitor for June

The Lindsay Post - - ENTERTAINMENT - DAVE FLA­HERTY Lind­say Post Re­porter dave.fla­herty@sun­media.ca

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.

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