The natural world
is enormously important to Ms. Jones and is reflected in her art in
deliberate and perhaps, even unconscious ways. Growing up in La
Porte, Texas her grandmother was an avid gardener who would often invite
her to enjoy her beautiful yard. Plants were often shared, with
conversation, coffee and time. Her mother, having a large family, decided
to take gardening to the next level, plowing the surrounding pasture to put in
vegetable gardens. That kept Ada and her siblings very busy. Ada
learned about how the moon affects the crops, hard work and bountiful gifts
Inspired by the gardening, as a young teen she began to transform the beautiful colors of
nature into embroidery pieces. She was not able to take art
classes, until high school where excelling in art helped her with her other classes. She received her Associate of Arts from San
Jacinto Jr. then joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Spain she
visited the Prado Museum and was stunned by the Rubens, Van Gogh, Cervantes, and
more on display.
After her service ended, she received her B. S. in general and art education
from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In Texas City, she was “the” art
teacher and referred to herself as the "Art Department of One,” Wanting
to share her passion for art with her students through drawing, painting, ceramics,
and collage her classes grew with Art Club, Advanced Art classes, art
competitions including Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, UIL Art Academic, Jr.
VASE, Doodle for Google, and the Texas City Fine Arts Festival.
Ms. Jones has studied art under the direction of master artist,
Shirley Moore Leago. Recently retiring from teaching, her days are
now be filled with reflecting the images of nature's beauty, and appreciation
for God’s gifts.