Roland Jones – Painter and Musician

30 Aug

A man of many talents, Roland studied music at the Julliard School and joined the Denver-now Colorado-symphony, playing violin for 15 years and touring with Henry Mancini and Arthur Fiedler. Mr. Jones was best known by hundreds of students as a patient and motivating teacher of the violin for over two decades. Roland began his life as an artist with his mother as his mentor. With a small easel to work on his own creations, his mother (an accomplished artist) could continue her own painting. He continued to draw while attending Julliard to relieve the pressure of the intense study of the violin. Always considering himself a musician, Roland was surprised by friends and guests asking the name of the artist whose work was displayed on the walls of his home. When informed that the pieces were Roland’s, these people became the first to buy his paintings. Jones began his long career with oil paintings of the familiar; old buildings, flowers and musical instruments. He was personally drawn to abstracts to allow him to paint more of his vision. Roland passed away in 2011, leaving his wife Carol whom he met at a church group and married in 1969. We invite you to experience the world of color and form as captured by this remarkable man.