Resident Artist

Bruce Jones

A lifelong resident of New England, I grew up in Massachusetts and studied painting and design at Boston’s New England School of Art and Design. I worked as a sculptor and mold maker, traveling to restore some of the United States’ most prominent historical buildings to their original splendor, including the City of Paris building in San Francisco, CA, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, and the State House in Hartford, CT. In 1985, I founded Boston Ornament Company, specializing in the design, fabrication, and restoration of decorative plasterwork.
Boston Ornament Company became the largest company of its kind in New England, and was retained to restore Boston’s State House, South Station, and Symphony Hall, along with numerous theaters and private homes in the Back Bay.

After moving to Exeter in 1988 with my wife and daughter, I spent weekends and vacations pursuing my love of painting, taking advantage of the town’s proximity to the rocky seacoasts of New Hampshire and Maine, and the abundant forests and mountains of northern New Hampshire and Vermont. I was also fortunate to be mentored by the internationally renowned Monhegan painter and Exeter resident Don Stone, NA. Don was always generous with his time and knowledge, and introduced me to the art of plein air painting. His guidance left a major impression on me and my work.

Exeter’s historic New England character is simultaneously vibrant and bucolic, and I aim to carefully depict the town’s notable and classic settings. The paintings of “Local Color” emphasize the distinguished atmosphere of Exeter, while illustrating the warmth of the town and those who call it home.