Debra Jones


Most of Jones’ career has been as a portrait painter – human and animal! Living in the Southwest and growing up in the Rocky Mountains, her portraits are not from the quiet East Coast tradition. Inspired by the strong coffee in the traditional cup around the campfire, her series of “Tin Cup Portraits” honor these faces of the West. Since leaving home in Colorado, she considers herself a semi-native with 30 years in the Arizona desert and 30 in the mountains.

Jones specializes in portraiture and the people and animals of the American Southwest. Fascinated by the culture and soul of the modern West, not simply the shadows of past lives, her work is inspired by the modern Native American people as well as the modern-day cowboy. As romantic as the Old West seems, the New West is lively and equally rugged, based on the traditions of the past – what worked then works now.

Nationally, she has shown with the Pastels Society of America, National Watercolor Society, Richeson75 Portraits, Faces of the Fallen in Arlington Cemetery, with many other national as well as local prizes. Locally, she has shown in group shows at Vision Gallery and Chandler Art Center in Chandler AZ recently curating and organizing their Women Making Faces – Portraits of Arizona Women, and as featured artist with the Arizona Art Alliance.

Arizona representation in the Buffalo Collection, Scottsdale and Western Heritage Collection in Jerome.

Artwork to be Showcased