Biography of Burl Jones
West Virginia, its rich traditions and culture nurtured an artistic sensibility in Burl Jones that would build into one of the country's most respected careers in bronze sculpture.
After graduation from West Virginia University, a two year stint in the United States Public Health Service brought him to the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. This exposure to Native American culture, western wildlife and frontier ethic would prove to be a major influence on his later work.
While still in college Burl married his childhood sweetheart, Eunice. Forty-six years later, they have two sons, Mark and Allen. Mark is a physician living and practicing in Billings, Montana. Allen is a aprofessional writer and is currently writing fiction and editing for a major publishing house. He also lives in Montana.
Eunice has found an artistic voice through her wonderful, innovative pottery and a growing collection of poetry.
After nearly twenty-five years of dentistry, Burl shifted gears several years ago to focus entirely on his sculpture. Clay and wax are his mediums now, and provide a way of expressing his love for those interests that have dominated his life. Wildlife, mountain men, Native Americans, fishermen and hunters all come to have a life of their own under his skilled hands. Over two
hundred original sculptures have been produced in limited editions and sold to collectors worldwide.
West Virginia is still home. His works are available from their studio-gallery near Sissonville as well as major galleries throughout the country.