Yes, I helped build part of Nucor for over 4 years. After leaving Nucor I went to work for Houston Light and Power, I served as an operator for 7 1/2 years. Then I worked for myself catching exotic deer for 3 years. After an unfortunate accident where I hurt my ankle I started my Antique Shop. My wife and I had it for over 20 years before we closed it last December and started making sculptures full time.
In 2005 I started making small cars and trucks in between customers eventually people started asking for other things.
Yes, I am primarily a metal /welding Artist. I also like to incorporate wood glass or anything else that look neat, since most of my sculpture come from repurposed found objects.
My family and all my friends look for stuff for my sculptures everyday. I like to stock pile things as I can find them.
I go to antique shops, flea markets, old farms, pawn shops, garage sales, e-bay, and people bring me all kinds of treasures that they find.
I have helped several police and sheriff's departments around Texas. it started with our local sheriff Mike Price seeing one of sculptures with some old guns in it. Mr. Price came up with the idea of making a sculpture out of confiscated guns and weapons. I was on board for taking something that was once used for bad and making it into a thing of beauty.
I was first contacted in 2011 by Mr. Simms. I was very excited for the Lazy Dog to be interested in my sculptures.
When I 1st started my sculptures it would take a month or two to finish one, now with many years of practice I can make one in 3 to 10 days if everything goes as planned.
My entire life we have raised all kinds of animals and birds. Right now we have 8 dogs about 60 exotic deer, goats, sheep, cows, chickens, pheasants, crown cranes, parakeets, a cockatoo, and a tortoise. I love wildlife and that is why I enjoy making sculptures that mimic wildlife in some kind of way. I am also trying my hand at abstract sculptures as well, when building these it is a bit harder to see the end result, but I am pleased with how they turn out.
Sometimes I sketch out my sculptures and sometimes I just get started on it and let it happen.
Yes I see a relationship between my art and nature. Wildlife and nature is what I know and love, so it's easy to work with what you know.
My favorite commissioned piece would be hard to pick. I think that it would be a toss up between a Buffalo silhouette, the Longview Veterans Park MIA POW Monument sculpture, or the 1st Great Dane I made for The Lazy Dog.
When not at work I like riding around with my family & grandchildren in the deer pasture, or sitting in the chicken yard just enjoying farm life.
Yes I can cook. My favorite thing to cook is steaks on the grill.
Texas is a huge place with a lot of hidden treasures. There are many things to discover in our great state.
I am now working on a sculpture of a pony for The James Surls Sculpture Garden and the next set of sculptures for Lazy Dog in Downey California.
Yes we are dog people. We have 8 and they are like our children.
Terry Jones and his wife Carla live in Jewett Texas. Check out more of his work here.