Artist Biography: Danette Steele Jones

As primarily a watercolorist, my favorite subjects to paint are portraits that tell a story, whether it is the hardship in an old weathered face or an arrogant rooster strutting his stuff. I focus on the beauty, color and humor within ordinary everyday routines and paint from that. Over the years I have come to embrace a good sense of humor which has stood well for me when intelligent conversation has let me down. Though mostly self-taught (my mistakes are my own), I have been influenced by artist/teachers, as well as a number of fellow artist friends. A frequent source of inspiration for my paintings are Eudora Welty’s depression era photographs of the South, which I have been so graciously granted permission to paint from by her foundation.


I have been both blessed and cursed by a wonderful life of travel and have divided my time between central Mississippi and northern California for the past 26 years. Driving across this diverse country four to six times a year, I have gained a vivid perspective of the many types of people that make up our country and an appreciation for the landscapes that they call home. I am a product of this diversity with strong southern roots in the ground and western leaves blowin’ in the wind.

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