Franklin Jones, winner of the American Watercolor Society’s highest award – the Gold Medal of Honor (Dolphin Fellowship) – is acclaimed for his watercolor and his acrylic paintings. Franklin is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World, and he also a lifetime member of the unique Whiskey Painters of America and an honorary member of the Akron Society of Artists.
During World War II, Franklin served as a public relations artist with the U.S. Marines. Later, Franklin was the Assistant Director (instructor for students and teachers alike) at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut. His portrait of Norman Rockwell, for which the great artist posed, hangs at the school today. For many years now, Franklin has been spending quite a bit of time outdoors, capturing New England’s landscape and people with a brush. In search of subjects, Franklin can be found crouched in a meadow recording the different species of wildflower, standing in the snow at five-below sketching a farmer butchering hogs, or poised by the sea on the coast of Maine.
Two of Franklin’s prize-winning works were a
purchase award for the collection of the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport,
Connecticut. General Electric, Westinghouse, and Blue Cross of Pennsylvania also own some of his work. Monarch Capitol Insurance, of Springfield, Massachusetts have purchased 50 of his paintings and sketches.