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Snowy Field

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Title

Snowy Field

Creator

Franklin Reed Jones

Format

14 x 18 inches

Identifier

201

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Biography

Franklin Jones of Southbury, Connecticut, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was born on May 18, 1921 in Needham, Massachusetts. He became a noted painter of rural New England landscapes and of figural works. His preferred mediums were acrylic and watercolor. He was also a teacher and author and has received the American Watercolor Society's highest award, the Gold Medal of Honor, and membership in the Dolphin Fellowship.
During World War II, Franklin served as a public relations artist with the U.S. Marines. Later, Franklin was the Assistant Director (instructor for students and teachers alike) at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut. His portrait of Norman Rockwell, for which the great artist posed, hangs at the school today. Franklin spent quite a bit of time outdoors, capturing New England's landscape and people with a brush. In search of subjects, Franklin could be found crouched in a meadow recording the different species of wildflower, standing in the snow at five-below sketching a farmer butchering hogs, or poised by the sea on the coast of Maine. Two of Franklin's prize-winning works were a purchase award for the collection of the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport, Connecticut. General Electric, Westinghouse, and Blue Cross of Pennsylvania also own some of his work. Monarch Capitol Insurance, of Springfield, Massachusetts have purchased 50 of his paintings and sketches. Though primarily a fine arts painter, Franklin did more than 30 paintings for Gray's Sporting Journal - in one case illustrating his own short story. He also drew illustrations for Yankee magazine, Backpacker magazine, and numerous books. Franklin's own instructional books were very successful: The Pleasure of Painting and Painting Nature. Gift shops in Stockbridge, Massachusetts all used to carry Sketches of Stockbridge, which is a collection of Franklin's pencil sketches of the notable and historical sites of this unique place in America. Franklin lived in Stockbridge, across the street from the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, for many years; and his sister also worked just down the road at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Category

WSPAC

Media

Watercolor

Media Details

Watercolor on paper

Signature Position

Signed, lower right

Citation

Franklin Reed Jones, “Snowy Field,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed July 4, 2020, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/244.

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