Hagerstown artist R. Benjamin "Ben" Jones says he's learned to paint in three ways. He had some formal training, he's studied other people's paintings and he's learned by trial and error.
"The most important thing about anything is work," he says.
And work he does - from morning till night.
Jones, 67, starts several paintings and works on one until it makes him "crazy."
Then he turns to another.
What drives artist Ben Jones?
"Too many ideas and no time," he says.
Jones has been working to complete some of the acrylic paintings that will be shown this weekend at Hagerstown Community College. There will be 70 works on display, including three pencil drawings - an art form Jones says he loves and one that got him into art school at Maryland Institute of Fine Arts. He worked in a factory for a few years, returned to school at University of Maryland and studied for the ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He came to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown in 1966.