Rance Jones is a prolific master of realism in watercolor art. He approaches each painting with the intention of portraying an unfiltered quality in people that is never stereo-typed, judgmental, romanticized or staged. Capturing body language, expression and environment are key elements to that process. He realizes that when someone is caught up in their own thoughts, their facial expression and posture become a manifestation of how they are affected by their environment, society, culture and betrays the protective layers of self-preservation.
Observing and depicting the lives of people from different parts of the world with often vastly different environments, means accepting that there can be many layers to a culture that are not apparent to an outsider, and this is reflected in his art.
The sharp, precise realism in his paintings brings a visceral honesty to the stories these lives tell. Knowing he can’t fully understand all the complexity of the conditions and the cultures of the people he paints, Rance believes the expressiveness and presence of the characters in his work inherently tell the true story.
In 1991, Rance moved with his wife Christina from Kerrville, Texas to New York City to attend School of Visual Arts and complete an MFA degree in Illustration.