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Neosho artist brings mural to Neosho National Fish Hatchery

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 For some art is relaxation tool, or therapy, but for others...it's their job. For one four state artist...he's taken his work to many areas across the country, and how he's bringing it back home to where it all began.

A steady hand, a vision, and a few brushes and paint...That's all it takes for artist Jeffrey Jones of Neosho to complete his next masterpiece.

"I brought my toolbox that I acquired out in the world as a working artist back here to my community and am doing what I can to be a part of my community." Jones says.

A Newton County resident at heart, Jones is proud to support his hometown by bringing this work of art to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

"This is the original painting and design, that when I'm finished with this...it's actually going to be scanned and enlarged with the digital process onto canvas and then put on the wall in the gift shop here in the visitors center." he says.

"Its all about teamwork. And this is truly a wonderful example of teamwork. The entire community working together." Fish Hatchery Manager, David Hendrix explains.

This isn't Jeff's first work of art seen around Newton County. His work is found at several locations - including The Grotto Building and First Community Bank, but the Hatchery holds a special place in his heart.

"I just evolved to be here, as an artist. It's what I've done for 30 years. And I woke up this morning and said its good to be alive and good to be doing what I like." Jones says.

"There's just a cross section of the community here in Neosho and here in Southwest Missouri. It's just awesome. Everyone working together." Hendrix says.

Ranging from wood carvings to clay sculpting...Jones' artistry skills vary.
But what he enjoys most is painting with oils. As any artist knows, it takes time to complete that perfect piece, especially in the early stages.

"I'll acquire a lot of reference materials. Photographs and all, and I'll start with a whole bunch of photographs and think about the design. Then I will produce a design like this. And that's just a basic sketch for what this is going to turn into." Jones explains.

He expects to complete his painting for the hatchery in the next couple weeks.

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