The painting “Dockside in Morro Bay” by the late-David Jones will be auctioned to raise funds benefiting Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department. Bidding closed March 13.
The Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department has a new fundraiser that’s a real masterpiece of local art and bids are being taken through March 13.
The Friends said Susan Jones has donated a watercolor painting by her artist husband, the late-David Jones, entitled, “Dockside in Morro Bay,” a colorful still-life depiction of commercial fishing boats docked at the pier.
David Jones attended the Art Center School and the Jepson Art Institute, and had a successful career in New York City as an illustrator, according to the Friends group.
Back in Los Angeles, Jones was a motion picture illustrator and animation storyboard artist for 10 years for Walt Disney Studio. He started doing freelance work as a storyboard artist and conceptual artist working for years for several large studios including Disney Animation. He also studied landscape and figurative painting.
Jones retired in 1989 from the film industry and began painting full time while studying and teaching at the California Art Institute in Thousand Oaks.
The Jones’ moved to Los Osos in 1999. His work is in many private collections, museums and art galleries such as the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, the Fredrick Weisman Museum in Malibu, and the Pippin Museum Prescott, Ariz.
His film work is represented at the Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco. He was last represented by the Mayr Gallery during its tenure in San Luis Obispo and was a Morro Bay Art Association member.
The painting, valued at $1,600, is being displayed in the office window at the Harbor Department, 1275 Embarcadero on Fridays-Sundays.
Proceeds from the auction will support the organization’s efforts to help fill the Harbor Department’s unmet needs.
Currently, they are also raising money to help pay for repowering and overhauling of a Radon patrol boat the City purchased from Port San Luis. The boat needs new engines and a pump for the water cannon.
For information on the auction and the other offerings from the Friends of the Harbor Department, see the website at: https://friendsofthembhd.org