Artists ~ Jonathan Almond ~ Cranston

Artist’s name: Jonathan Almond
Shop name: Jon Almond Artworks
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1. Tell us about your work
My medium is ink and watercolor and I use Cotman pans and 140 lb. acid free paper. My first hundred or so paintings were with penciled images and watercolor wash but I gradually began to draw over the pencil with pen and ink and then erase all pencil markings over which I applied the watercolor washes and fine colors. The focus of my paintings are mostly landscapes and cityscapes, as well as many lighthouses and celtic knot designs.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
My calling and profession is as an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church where I served for forty-one years in full time appointments. I have been in retired status, keeping my ordination credentials, since August of 2008. I began dabbling with watercolors in 1995 while leading a study/travel trip to Israel and Palestine. I am self taught and have learned so much from trial and error as I progressed in painting. I have now painted over 400 painting images and have won many awards and competitions.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I like vivid colors and contrasts and am often awestruck by views of the natural world which I attempt to capture in my painting. The Grand Canyon has provided many opportunities to try and capture such beauty. Rhode Island coastal areas and lighthouses also provide such opportunities. I have learned to use sunrise and sunset light to add contrasting light and shadow to my paintings.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
Most anything that has patterns of vivid color and light with contrasting shadows. Cloud forms, stained glass patterns, flowers, celtic designs, canyon lands, and many other views.

5. What’s your best seller?
The painting of "Riverwalk" in Providence, followed by the painting of "Evening Light Over Providence" from Prospect Park, and then many paintings of Rhode Island lighthouses.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I lived in Pawtucket in my childhood up through grade seven, returning to Rhode Island in 1970 when I was appointed to serve the Christ UMC in Wakefield followed by an appointment to the North Kingstown UMC until 1987. I returned to Rhode Island in 1994 when appointed to serve the Mathewson Street UMC in Providence and retired in 2008 staying in Cranston, RI. That totals up to roughly fifty years in the ocean state.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love the small town feel of Rhode Island where you can say hello to your elected officials in the market and at concerts and move quickly and effectively to provide assistance to neighbors and those in need in our communities. I love being near the ocean and taking in the salty air and amazing vistas of bay and ocean waters. I love being near to main arteries of travel to Boston and New York as well as near the mountains of northern New England. I love the many cultural advantages of our state: great theater and music, art museums and galleries, and marvelous cuisine.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
United Methodist minister itinerate under the care and direction of our New England area Bishop and that could have been anywhere in New England with the exception of western CT. I never had a thought I would spend so many years in Rhode Island under appointment, It has been a rich blessing for which I am deeply grateful.


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