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Ralston Scott Jones, began his art career in St. Louis, and was recruited to Bloomington/Normal in 1972 by McKnight Publishing as Artist/Publication Designer/Illustrator and Creative Director. He was accompanied by his wife Hiroko, and their two sons Brian and Kevin.

He joined Country Companies in 1978 for nine years as Designer/Illustrator, over advertising, promotions, and exhibitions. In 1987 he formed “Artistudio” servicing companies with marketing, corporate identities, advertising campaigns – partnering with Dick Benson with such clients as Grainger, Lowery, and C.S. Johnson, developing advertising and trade show exhibits nationally. Benson moved to Chicago, and Jones formed “unknown jones”, essentially doing the same servicing the same clients and adding prominent clients such as SAMI (Student Apartment Mart Inc.).

Fighting Multiple Myeloma cancer since 2006, he remains optimistic and continues to perform his art to his highest expectations, and adding the writing and illustration of his three children’s story books to his resume. Today as a member of the Art Circle, he is further motivated in art illustration, and design. This exhibit represents a few diversions of creative expression over the last 30 years.

Whether you know him as Ralston Jones, Scott Jones, or the unknown jones, he is very much a work in progress.