Painting the layers of Liz Adams-Jones

Two years ago I began painting my dear and close friend Liz Adams Jones.  Liz has told the story of how she and I met and how we began painting each other.  She perfectly describes what blossomed by expanding the definition of our friendship into the realm of “Sister-ship”.  She summed it up when she wrote, “As it turned out, getting to know her through painting her has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.”  Liz, the feeling is mutual.

 Through the process of painting my friend, I truly felt as though I was beginning to understand her with every new brush stroke.  And with each layer of paint, the person that emerged was so much more than just an image before me, it told a history.  This is my little chronicle of how one painting led to the next and into what I call the layers of Liz...

“Quiet Moment”,   Oil, 8 x 8 In.

“Quiet Moment”, Oil, 8 x 8 In.

"Quiet Moment" was my very first painting of Liz.  As she describes in her story, it was a very cold morning in my studio.  All the heaters were running and hot tea was in the kettle.  I really had no idea where our project would lead or how the strength and support of a fellow artist would affect each piece that followed. 

Up to this time, I knew Liz as the joyful, effervescent woman with big sparkling eyes.  I'd come to expect an image of reddish hair and the striking red lipstick that sets off her style right down to every vintage accessory, which have a stories of thier own to tell.  But this time, in the cool north light of a winter’s morning, she sat there in my studio and I felt like I was meeting Liz for the first time.  What I saw was unexpected, beautiful and soulful.  Whatever I had planned to stage that day was unimportant and I turned my focus on a quiet side of Liz that embodies the depths of her strength.  That became my inspiration for the paintings that followed.

After having satisfied that important detour from my original inspiration with “Quiet Moment", I returned to my first concept in “Lady Liz”.  In costume my model became muse once again and all I had to do was pay attention. 

”Lady Liz”, Oil,  36 x 24 In.

”Lady Liz”, Oil,  36 x 24 In.

”Flower Child”, Oil, 12 x 9 In

”Flower Child”, Oil, 12 x 9 In

A special thing I learned about Liz is, she's likely to have a flower in her hair, or some kind of festive head adornment.  On this day she posed for me in creamy white.  Upon seeing this pale colored flower, she immediately stuck it in her hair, it was perfect.  Having just painted her in all black, "Flower Child" was the counterbalance I was looking for.

“Fizzy Lizzy”, Oil, 12 x 12 In.

“Fizzy Lizzy”, Oil, 12 x 12 In.

"Fizzy Lizzy" is another fabulous layer of Ms. Adams-Jones with her special kind of “Sassy”, complete with red hair and red lips.  If you are looking, she tells a story.

Here in "Nightcap" I revisit a pose in all black.  I like the element of simplicity that black lends to her already regal air.  I felt she is able to command our attention and still keep us at bay.  And so many more are the layers of my dear friend, sister, fellow artist and muse, Liz Adams-Jones.

"Nightcap”, Oil, 36 x 24 In.  

"Nightcap”, Oil, 36 x 24 In.  


Earlier this year Liz and I expanded our project of painting each other, when we found three other Women Artists who were enjoying a similar experience through painting, drawing and sculpting one another.  The five of us came together as curious artists and our initial friendships flowered into a deep respect and mutual support.  For me, it has been a life changing experience.  

Join us tonight as we celebrate our unique collaboration and see how the artwork tells our stories. 


Leah, oil on canvas 28" x 42" (2013)

Here are two of Liz's amazing paintings, to see more of her incredible work visit

Leah 2,   oil on canvas 58" x 58" (2014)

Leah 2, oil on canvas 58" x 58" (2014)


Members' Exhibition Overtakes Salmagundi Club Building

by Jeffrey Carlson Reporting Editor, Fine Art Today


 The prestigious Salmagundi Art Club will soon unveil an exhibition of works by its artist-members, whose paintings, sculptures, and works on paper will fill nearly every wall throughout the club's historic building.

The Salmagundi Art Club of New York will premiere its Annual Members' Exhibition on March 26. The exhibition will be installed throughout the club's building, while a concurrent show from the American Watercolor Society occupies the Upper and Lower Galleries. A reception for the participating artists will be held on April 3, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The SCNY Annual Members' Exhibition features a selection of club members whose work spans a variety of media: oil, watercolor, pastel, graphics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. The club will be presenting works from over 140 of its artists -- chosen to represent a nationwide membership of more than 850 -- including both established artists and emerging talent. Participating artists include Daniel Greene, Kathleen Gray, Leah Lopez, Matthew M. Schulz, Andrew Lattimore, John C. Traynor, and Mitsu Walters.

The Salmagundi Art Club is located at 47 5th Avenue in Lower Manhattan. To learn more, visit the Salmagundi Club website.

"Lady Liz" is among the paintings in this unique exhibition, and can be viewed in the Parlor.  

For more see the full article and visit Salmagundi Club!

Leah Lopez, "Lady Liz," oil on linen, 36 x 24 in.

Leah Lopez, "Lady Liz," oil on linen, 36 x 24 in.

The American Women Artists Exhibition is Winding Down

This year's AWA Exhibition was absolutely beautiful with paintings and sculptures by talented women artists spilling from one room into the next at the beautiful RS Hanna Gallery, in Fredericksburg, TX.  I was thrilled attend this year and to visit with old friends and new friends in this artful part of Texas. 

There is still time to catch the show but Sunday is the last day of the exhibition and last chance to see the artwork together and hanging in this charming setting.  Contact the gallery for more information about specific artwork.

RS Hanna Gallery, 208 South Llano Street, Fredericksburg, TX  78624   

Ph:  (830) 307-3071  Toll Free:  (855) 884-9517     E-Mail:   


See who was else there, a recap of events, and a list of award winners

View the paintings in the Memeber's Show and the Juried Show

You are Cordially Invited to Attend...


For more information visit

Tickets are $10 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktail reception with live music and auction paddle and may be purchased at the door on the day of the event or reserved in advance by calling the CCCA at 518-671-6213 or email