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Burl Jones
5237 Highway 89 South, #1
Livingston, Montana  59047
(406) 222-8719  (303) 894-3757
http://missoula.bigsky.net/burljones/     

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.

Born and raised near Charleston, Burl excelled in academics and athletics, attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship and graduating Summa Cum Laude from the school of Dentistry in 1966. 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.

Shortly before leaving for the Flathead, Burl married his childhood sweetheart, Eunice. Thirty-five years later, they have two sons, Mark and Allen. The family shares an enthusiasm for cultivating his interests in hunting and photography. Both talents came together for a book of personal hunting experiences he authored several years ago, The Joy of Misery. Allen is a professional writer and is currently Editor of one of the premier regional magazines in the West, Big Sky Journal. 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 a hundred original sculptures have been produced in limited editions and sold to collectors worldwide.

West Virginia is still his home. His works are available from a studio-gallery near Sissonville as well as major galleries throughout the country.

 
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