I cannot remember a time when art-making did not engage me, soothe me, challenge me, and bring me joy.
I grew up in Atlanta, GA and studied art at Red Wall Art Studio (now Asa’s Alley) with Charlene Shikany and at Woodward Academy. This training gave me a firm foundation in figurative and realistic drawing and painting. I spent a formative semester as a junior in high school at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA. At Oxbow, under the tutelage of several gifted artists and where the studios were seldom closed, I learned new skills and had the freedom to explore abstract expression and paint on a very large scale.
In the few years since attending Oxbow, I have honed my unique blend of colorist, emotive abstraction and abstracted realism during brief stints in Great Barrington, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Sedona, AZ. While never forgetting my southeastern roots, I now live happily in Flagstaff, AZ with my partner, Matt, and my rescued dog, Penny. I believe that after color, place—both the real places I have lived and visited and the fictional ones I imagine—exerts the most influence on my recent work.
In addition to making and looking at art, I love to travel, cook, read fantasy and science fiction novels, watch movies, and spend time in nature. I am passionate about environmental protection and sustainability and about social justice and mental health issues.
The story of the 🔺— The red triangle is something I started doodling in middle school — red is my favorite color, and I remembered many occasions in preschool in which I drew triangles over and over with a scarlet Crayola crayon (my forever favorite crayon). I was obsessed with getting it perfect; I wanted to draw a perfect equilateral triangle. So, once I remembered that determined 5-yr-old’s mission, I began to draw the red triangle at the bottom of any piece of paper, even exam pages, on which I had drawn or doodled—thus sealing the fate of the red triangle as my permanent artistic signature.
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA
Private Collections in Albany, GA; Albuquerque, NM; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; Atlanta, GA; Augusta, GA; Boston, MA; Brevard, NC; Columbia, SC; Fayetteville, AR; Flagstaff, AZ; Newland, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Sedona, AZ; Washington, DC; and Geneva, Switzerland
“Spring Art Show” The Oxbow School, Napa, CA, Group Exhibition, May 2018
“Cody Jones, Roots” Asa’s Alley Art Studio, Atlanta, GA, Solo Exhibition, October-December, 2020
“the world that has been given,” Jason McCoy Gallery with Artsy.net, Online Group Exhibition, February 2021
Currently exhibiting works at Firecreek Coffee, Flagstaff, AZ