Hanging by a Thread
Mixed media by Claire Simpson-Jones


Claire Simpson-Jones holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University and has studied the arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Ontario College of Art.  She currently teaches at North Buncombe High School.

The exhibit will be on display April 1-26, 2009.

Visit Claire Simpson-Jones' website.

Press Release


Artist's Statement

Claire Simpson-Jones, a landscape painter, blends her concern for the environment with her deeply rooted passion for nature.  Her intention is to draw attention to the beauty and blessings of our rapidly vanishing landscapes.  Her series Hanging by a Thread focuses on the flora and fauna currently endangered by diminishing habitats. 

From numerous small plein air paintings, sketches and research, Simpson-Jones creates studio paintings frequently inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  Her watercolors and mixed media paintings consist of layer after layer of watercolor glazes.  Her mixed media pieces also combine hand made papers and acrylic glazes, adding detail and texture that give her paintings the effect of rich textured light.

Simpson-Jones has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She worked for several years as an illustrator and graphic designer before turning to studio painting.  She holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University, combining her study of the arts at California College of Arts and Crafts and Ontario College of Art.  She is a signature member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and a member of AWE (Artists Working for the Environment).  She currently teaches at North Buncombe High School, helping students draw on their own creative energy.

Her work is in the collections of The Grove Park Inn, The Renaissance Hotel, Givens Estates, Hendersonville Country Club, Home Trust Bank and several private collectors.  Her paintings are represented by The Design Gallery in Burnsville, Twigs and Leaves in Waynesville and Sabbath Day Woods in Canton. 

- Claire Simpson-Jones


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