Jewel Conway grew up within a family of musicians in Boston, MA. Her father played the French horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her mother was a classical singer. Many members of her extended family are also musicians, singers or composers with natural gifts in music. While Jewel has a passion for music, she didn’t inherit the family musical talent. Instead, Jewel had a natural love for art.
Jewel is especially connected to the Berkshire Hills in the picturesque region of Stockbridge and Lenox, MA, the Boston Symphony’s summer location. The immense beauty of the Berkshires and her travels in Europe inspired her love of nature and organic shapes, which have become the focus of her artwork.
"My intent is to portray the energy and the impact of a subject through dynamic color schemes, not necessarily to reproduce a solely realistic image. I visualize what I want the painting to 'feel like' in terms of color and the energy it projects, then continually brainstorm as the piece develops to create a 'WOW!' factor. It is the same with the animal statues. They are painted in unexpected and colorful designs with blingy jewelry! Everything is out of the ordinary. That's what makes the artwork unique and fun."
Vibrancy is the key word for her artwork. Jewel is an award-winning artist and her painting style has been described as expressionistic, contemporary and bold. Bright, contrasting colors dominate her artwork. Conway is a Juried member of the Arizona Artists Guild, member of the Durham Art Guild, as well as the award-winning 'Three Chicks Art Group'. She has illustrated two children’s books is published in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 editions of the American Art Collector book. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, exhibitions and solo shows throughout Arizona and in North Carolina; with collectors in Arizona, Virginia, Mississippi, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Washington, New York and Hawaii.
She has created charitable commissions for the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, Arizona Humane Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona, RRR Horse Rescue, Animal Protection Society of Durham and other non-profit organizations. She has also been involved in community art events that support art education.
Animal statues are now available at Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique and Bakery in Durham, NC or online. (They make their own fabulous treats in the store!!) Such a cool place! If you are in the area, go by and visit Diane and LeAnn to see how wonderful and caring these women are and the charities they support: http://www.otherendoftheleashdurham.com.