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William Rex Jones

Born in Stettler Alberta but moved to the Calgary area as a youngster, I continued living in Calgary most of my life, enjoying the close proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains which inspired so many of my paintings. I started sketching at an early age and completed my first oil painting at the age of 18. Over the years I learned how to use watercolours, oils, pastels and finally acrylics which I mainly use now. Although I have used canvas for oil paints I switched to using Masonite when I started using acrylics which allows me to incorporate the details into my paintings that I like to achieve. To get the smoothness I need, I use many coats of Gesso with sanding in between each coat. Because I paint using many thin layers of acrylic paint on my paintings it is almost like a glaze to replicate the colours of nature. During the painting progress I often will run my hand over the painting to find out if there are any paint ridges that I need to eliminate. I like to create a pathway for your eyes to follow through my paintings so you may enjoy the journey.

Following the death of my wife in 2001, I retired to the Shuswap region of British Columbia to continue to paint and improve my painting skills and techniques over the next 20 years. Most of my paintings are landscapes but have recently started incorporating animals and birds in my works.

I am now back living in Alberta, in the Waiparous area with my partner Lise, who is a great influence in my continued commitment to producing and selling of my artwork, both originals and limited editions of my paintings.


Route 22 Gallery is located on the land of the Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and the cultural and oral practices of the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations as well as the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, (Métis Nation District 4) within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. It is a privilege and and an honour to share these lands as our collective home.

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