Michael D. Jones
As a child, Michael suffered a lot from asthma, and spent a lot of time indoors. There he developed a fervent interest in the arts through reading, listening to music, coloring and drawing. But as he grew up, he become more focused on academics and studying to make a career in the “real world.” Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University, he set about building a career for himself in the nonprofit sector.
But it wasn’t until he returned to Hampton Roads in 2012 that he rediscovered his passion for the arts. He went to work for an organization that provides services for individuals with disabilities. One of the many programs offered was art therapy, and Michael become so inspired by the colorful and whimsical creations of those individuals that he felt moved – compelled – to pick up a paint brush and start getting to know his artistic self again. He started painting, mainly abstracts and Christmas images as gifts for family and friends.
But the reception to his work was so positive that he kept on going. His work is known for its use of whimsical, magical, and bold uses of color.
His mission is to provide art that uplifts people, inspires them, and brings joy, happiness, and just a bit of magic.
To fulfill that mission he created Magic Bear Art. Through this venue, he will exhibit and sell his paintings, as well as prints, cards, and other merchandise, online and at community events and festivals. He also plans to contract out his services for painting experiences for individuals, private parties, churches, civic groups, corporate team-building exercises, and as programs for youth, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.