Lynda Jones was born in Sunderland in 1970 , after moving around when young her family finally settled in the Welsh border town of Monmouth. She was educated at Monmouth Comprehensive School, then did an Art Foundation course at Newport College of Art , followed by a degree in Visual Art at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
After working for a long time in an non art related job but still painting in her spare time she managed to escape to concentrate on her artwork. She has been painting full time since 2008 and has had successful solo shows at The Great Atlantic Gallery Monmouth, then The New Leaf Gallery Monmouth and works a lot to commission. For five years until 2020 she had a solo exhibition of her work every summer held in the Round House , the Kymin , a small National Trust Wales property on a hill outside Monmouth, in conjunction with NT Wales and the New Leaf Gallery.
“My work is inspired by the area in which I grew up in and still live. The landscapes of the Wye Valley, the Welsh Borders and deeper into Wales are very beautiful, there is always something that intrigues me and makes me want to capture it on canvas . I like to seek out places that aren’t so well know and record them, sites that are familiar , but are hard to place. The whole area is so rich in history , I love finding out about the locations past , about what went on there , the folklore and stories of the places. I work from memory and love using maps to study the landscape in great detail. My paintings are built up layer by layer , like the places themselves. I am a slow painter , but I love getting depth and the richness of the oil paint into the pictures. The artworks are never just a straightforward view of the landscape, there’s always a story behind them. I leave that to the viewer to guess what it might be ! “