We had the good fortune of connecting with Eden Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eden, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic and creative career because that’s truly what I love to do. I have been doing art most my life and it’s just what I know. I also love being hands on and trying new mediums. I have worked with many different mediums, and I’ve found that I love oil painting, the way the paint smoothly glides across the canvas is really beautiful and more vivid then acrylic. I also really enjoy working with clay and other mixed mediums. Art is such a fun subject and job, there’s endless opportunities when it comes to style, look, medium, technique and more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I’m an abstract painter and my medium is oil paint. Not only does abstract expressionistic paintings interest me immensely, that’s my style! When I paint, I always think, “how would this painting look in a mid-century home?” I absolutely love that style and era, as well as design. I’m not sure if this sets me apart from other artist but for me, art is a way to manage with reality, only the medium and how that medium can stretch, and transform into something exquisite, all starting out with an idea. When I paint, I paint to capture a moment of feeling and emotion. I get very excited with a good color. Color is important to me, it’s a gift that not everyone has, it’s not complex; it takes practice, knowledge and the right ratio. Color can stretch and morph, it can go light to dark in just a split second. In a painting; a color chosen to sit next to another color can change everything. Color is extraordinary and I love making it! My goal is to effortlessly create pieces that are timeless and simply beautiful, while thinking about everything at the same time. Of course art has many challenges, one of my biggest challenges was receiving my BA in Fine Arts. It took me years to accomplish but college really helped with perseverance, deadlines, punctuality, portfolio, business goals and not giving up 0n anything! Also, finding my style, every artist needs to find their voice and it took me many years. Art is easy when it comes to the creative side but when it comes to the business side, that’s a whole other subject. Artist need to work 50% of their time marketing and 50% making art, never stop, and be persistent. What I always like to say is, art won’t sell itself, you need to be in charge and promote yourself as a business. I want to let the world know that art is a never ending job, artist don’t ever retire, which I think is a cool concept because not only is it a full time job, but it’s a passion that you can grow and develop for years to come. Even though I’ve been doing art most of my life, these years I feel like I’m just getting started!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a hard question, LA has so many great places, but being from the Beach Cities of LA, let’s see…We would first need to start our week with some good coffee, I love Hi-Fi, they have a great iced coffee late, then start a walk along the Esplanade, which is a street along the water in Redondo Beach, the view is amazing, a must see! A hike either in the Santa Monica Hills or Palos Verdes. Lunch at some LA taco joint because well that’s LA and more specifically Titos Tacos, because they have the best salsa, yum! Dinner at my favorite, R10, it’s right on the water for a great sunset and great food. If you want to go back in time to a tiki theme 60’s era for a mai tai or a “fire chief”, well let’s not forget about Tonys on the Pier, the best part about this restaurant and bar, it’s not only the greatest nostalgic place ever, you will get to keep the glass, now that’s a souvenir for itself. For the rest of the week, we would repeat: coffee, beach, surf, swim, hike…and to finish off the week at Tonys on the Pier, to watch one final amazing sunset, overlooking the historical Redondo Beach Harbor.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Absolutely, I would have to say my whole family, the Jones family! I come from a really creative household, my dad is a landscape designer (Jones Landscapes), my mom is extremely great with home interior, my oldest sister does plant design (LA Plant Girl) and my brother does graphic design (Easton Jones Design). So besides my husband Keegan, my family are my biggest fans. Thanks guys!!