Zack Jones is a self taught oil painter. He started his journey in 1999 at the age of 25. Three years later, while living in Cave Creek, AZ, he met artist Sergio Ladron De Guevara. Despite the age and cultural differences the two instantly connected and their teacher/pupil relationship began. Although much of Zack’s knowledge and inspiration comes from Sergio’s 65 years of experience, he soon realized that his passion lies in painting themes that involve a personal connection. This lead Zack back to his hometown of Malvern, Iowa, in 2006. For the next three years Zack painted local and regional scenes in Southwest Iowa. During this time he also helped co-found “Old Market Artists” gallery in Downtown Omaha and attended the Corning Fine Arts Residency Program. Zack currently has paintings in Creighton University’s private collection with increasing patrons and public art.
Today, Zack’s studio is a desanctified 1873 Presbyterian Church purchased in 2012. The Art Church is transforming into a architectural art piece and private event space. The downstairs is available to Airbnb guests. These visitors experience a working artist studio and can view the development of the larger than life mural.
One block from the Art Church sits a 30x60ft mural in the heart of Downtown Malvern that highlights the Wabash Trace Nature Trial. Zack’s artwork is often influenced by his interest in revitalization. Historic preservation, recreation, and arts have played a vital role in Malvern’s renaissance.