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MJ Arts
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Art Interests
Architecture, Digital Imagery, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media, Moving Images, Painting, Web Design
Artist / Personal Statement
"...they set their hearts on producing a good likeness, and stay up late perfecting their work..." Ecclesiasticus 38:28

I don't remember a time that I didn't draw; I began drawing "seriously" in High School and intended to become a Technical Illustrator. Lack of planning and foresight led me to a degree in Architecture, instead of an education in Art.
External distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to an eight-year career in construction; further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to a career with the City of Portland as a Building Plans Examiner, from which I 'retired' with a medical layoff in 1998. But the dream never died...
I've been a freelance commercial artist and designer for over 30 years; primarily working on commission for individuals as sort of a "professional hobby" until 1998. During my college years I exhibited my artwork in a number of non-juried shows, but found little time for "serious" illustration until 1988, when a ruptured appendix and a brush with death caused me to re-evaluate my goals and priorities. I realized that my future wasn't as predictable as it appeared; and that God has given me a talent He intended to be used for the benefit of others. I then decided it was time to get "serious" about my career as an illustrator.
My body of work is fairly eclectic in its nature, and isn't specifically geared toward one type of illustration, however, all of my illustrations are realistically-styled. My preferred media are graphite, digital and colored pencil; I also use ink, watercolor, acrylics and airbrush as the need arises. Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings, portraits, architectural and technical illustrations. I teach art classes for children on an irregular basis; I also do school visits. My first book jacket was published in the fall of 1999; my first children's book was published in 2000. My work has been published internationally in children's books, periodicals and on the Internet.
It seems appropriate to me that I have chosen an "Apocryphal" text as the title for my "artist's statement"; I am a fairly "apocryphal" Protestant; in that while I do believe in the Divinely-inspired truth of the Bible, as it was transmitted in its original manuscripts, I don't believe that God has limited himself to one form of explanation as to His existence. Illustration, at its best, should reflect the nature and character of the illustrator, as well as present the story, idea or message that the author attempts to convey. As a Protestant, I find that I am less of an evangelist, and more of an encourager, or "exhorter" as the Scriptures are usually translated. Consequently, my work tends toward encouragement, or presentation of life as I would like it to be, and perhaps as I feel it was intended to be, rather than a presentation of either a moral or philosophical message. I like to 'capture images,' ones that move me with their character or beauty. Although I do, on occasion, create illustrations that are intended to present a statement of life as I perceive it, the majority of my illustrations are intended to simply present to the viewer a moment in time that I wish to share.
I believe that the vast majority of us neglect to enjoy and experience the small moments of life, which often contain the greatest meanings for all of us. In general, if there is a "message" to be found in my work, it is primarily because that message is already present in the viewer, and I have had the experience of presenting it to the viewer.
Accomplishments / CV
Published Illustrations:
Lucidia A Glimpse of Dualism, E-BookTime, LLC 2005 Cover Art

A Scandal In Bohemia Steiner Korea 2005
Korean language children’s picture book version of the classic
Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The Wolves of Yellowstone" Yellowstone Park Foundation 2005
Illustrations for "electronic field trip" online tour of the Park

The Declaration of Independence, Rourke Publishing, 2002
Illustrated Historical Non-fiction

Oregon At Last, Scholastic, 2002
Illustrated Historical Novel

First Heroes For Freedom, Silver Moon Press, Spring 2000
Illustrated Historical Novel

Rainbows and Other Promises, New Canaan Publishing, Fall 1999 Cover Art

Miscellaneous logos, textbook and product illustrations

Miscellaneous technical publications, Bureau of Buildings; Portland, Oregon


Museum of Biblical Art
Permanent Collection, Dallas, Texas

Shu-Te Girl’s Vocational and Home Economics High School Gallery; Kaoshiung, Taiwan R.O.C.

Marian Library Collection, University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

Christians In the Visual Arts Collection


"Small Moments-Greatest Meanings," 2006
Graphite Portraits by Marty Jones
Unto Him Fine Arts Gallery, Newberg, Oregon

“Brachot”/"Blessings”, 2001
Sanctuary For the Arts/Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Koinonia" CIVA/NNU Exhibit, 2000
Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho

Drawn To Christ: Cross-Country II; 2000
Weaver Gallery, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana

National Christian Fine Arts Exhibition, 1999
Farmington, New Mexico

Works of Faith Exhibition, 1999
First Presbyterian Church; Portland, Oregon

Invitational Exhibit, Metropolitan Center for Public Art, 1997, 1998
Portland, Oregon

First Presbyterian Church "Gifts of the Spirit" Exhibit, 1997, 2000
Portland, Oregon

Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Assn. “Sacred Art” Exhibit, 1997, 1999
New Ritz Theatre Gallery; Brunswick, Georgia

CIVA “Things to Think On” Exhibit, 1997
Merrick Free Art Gallery; New Brighton, Pennsylvania

CIVA Northwest Regional Conference Exhibit 1996
Marylhurst College; Marylhurst, Oregon

SCBWI Featured Artists Exhibit 1996
Beverly Wilshire Hotel; Beverly Hills, California

Mount Angel Abbey Summer Exhibit 1996
Mt. Angel Abbey; Mount Angel, Oregon

Featured Artist Exhibit: Wade Gallery, 1996
Portland Building; Portland, Oregon

LARC Featured Artists Exhibits, 1994; 1996
Stroeff Gallery, Marylhurst College; Marylhurst, Oregon

Various Exhibits, Oregon State University; University of Oregon 1970-1975

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The long and winding road

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

    For most of my walk of following Jesus, I have found myself on a long, winding road between two worlds. The world of The Church, to which I was introduced in my early twenties; and the world of The World, in which I have lived my entire life. I've never felt entirely comfortable in either world...

    "Christian Culture" mystifies me, especially during the last few…


this looks like more than I can do on my own

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 5:20pm 0 Comments

I ‘suffer’ [some days more than others] with “idiopathic polyneuropathy’—doctor-speak for “your nerves are damaged, and we have no clue as to why.” This has been ongoing for three years. Something like 80-90% of the pain sensors in my skin are non-functional; some lower percentage of the ‘touch’ sensors; and this arithmetic applies in some fashion to the sensors in my muscles and soft tissues; and to the nerves in my gut.

Much of each day is spent in trying to keep the neurological…


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At 9:06pm on December 11, 2011, Nancy Goes said…

Marty, thanks for being  my first friend. And I've only been on the netrwork for a few hours. I don't social network any place else so this is new to me. I liked your statement that you are less an evangelist and more an encourager. That sounds like me. After all these years as prayer partners it is nice to finally see your work.



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