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One-day show will feature Bayside artist's mural work

Tim Delaney

By Tim Delaney
June 5, 2009 at 1:05 a.m.

Kat Jones finishes a painting in advance of an art exhibit that will feature more than 25 of her works. The exhibit will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wood Mansion in Bayside.

BAYSIDE - The life of artist Kat Jones could be a mural.

Each panel of the mural would tell a story about how the Bayside artist has developed her skill and craft through the years.

The panel to come this Sunday will be an exhibit of more than 25 works of hers at the Wood Mansion in Bayside.

Jones uses a variety of media for her works, which include portraits, Native Americans, dancers, pastoral and village scenes, and murals.

"I like anything that makes a mark," she said.

The media include acrylic, oil, wood-burned pieces that began with a design on wood and are then burned in with a special tool, watercolor, gouache, pencil, chalk pastel and others.

"And I mix them - whatever works for the piece," she said.

"My favorite type of art is a mural. I am enjoying painting on the walls, and I am learning tromp l'oeil, a technique that fools the eye," she said.

Jones was born and raised in San Diego. She said she left there in her early teens. "I was a wild and crazy kid. I got on a Greyhound bus and went to Oklahoma. A year later, I said 'I'm outta here.' And I moved to Florida."

Jones was influenced by her mother, Mary Nighthawk. "She inspired me a lot. She was always busy and would lock herself in her room and come out with something incredible."

Jones, who is proud of her Cherokee and Chickasaw roots (she is one-quarter Native American), said she "has been painting since I was in diapers. I won't explain that in detail, but it might have been my first attempt at a mural."

Jones was starting to become known for her wood-burned pieces (boxes that were made to be purses) in Florida.

"I was in Panama City, Fla., when a woman came up to me and said, 'Wow! Is that a Kat bag?'" Jones was carrying one of her wood-burned purses.

But a bad relationship in Florida caused her to turn to God for help. And she ended up in Corpus Christi.

"I didn't know the city had existed."

But with time, she has moved again - this time, not too far away.

This past week, she moved to Bayside. Her art exhibit will be the first to grace the walls and halls of the Wood Mansion, located at Copano Bay Drive at Cooke Street in Bayside. The mansion, built in 1875, has high ceilings and beautiful Longleaf Pine walls - a perfect setting for an art exhibit, said owner Michael Selzer.

Jones has one piece in progress, a painting of the Wood Mansion, which will be in the exhibit, as well. She also has several mural prototypes on display.

Jones continues to create murals, and her art career is one of them.



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