|Burl Jones from West Virginia, rich in traditions and culture which nurtured an artistic sensibility in Burl that translated into one of the country’s most respected careers in bronze sculpture.
Born near Charleston, Burl attended West Virginia University on a football scholarship and, in 1966, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Dentistry. A two-year stint in the United States Public Health Service brought him to the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. This exposure in Native American culture, western wildlife, and the frontier ethic proved to be a major influence on his work.
Shortly before dental school, Burl married his childhood sweetheart, Euni. They have two sons. Their oldest, Mark, is married to Michaela, and they have three daughters. Their youngest, Allen, is married to Karen, and they have a son. The family shares the enthusiasm for nature, wild places, and artistic creation. Mark is a physician and spends most of his free time cultivating interests in hunting and photography. Allen is a professional writer, editor, and publisher.
After twenty-five years of dentistry, Burl shifted gears some years ago to focus entirely on his sculpture. Clay and wax are his preferred mediums, and provide a way of expressing his love for those interests that have dominated his life. Wildlife, mountain men, Native Americans, fishermen, and hunters have all come to life under his skilled hands.
Over two hundred original sculptures have been produced in limited editions and sold to collectors worldwide. His work can be seen in the living rooms of dignitaries and captains of industry, on the campuses of West Virginia University, Marshall University, and Notre Dame University and the Capitol grounds of West Virginia.
Burl’s display pieces are available from his studio-gallery near Sissonville. West Virginia is still his home, but his work can also be seen in major galleries throughout the country.