Heather Smith Jones is an artist working in painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. She is the author of Water Paper Paint, Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media, was included in Issue 120 of New American Paintings, and has contributed to numerous books and publications. Smith Jones's work is represented regionally by Strecker Nelson West Gallery, additional galleries in the Midwest and on the East coast, and is part of public and private collections around the globe. She earned an MFA from The University of Kansas in 2001, and a BFA in Painting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 1996. Since 2004, she has been an instructor in the Linda Reimond Arts-Based Preschool at The Lawrence Arts Center and has taught children, college, and adults. Originally from the mountains of Tennessee and later the South Carolina coast, Smith Jones moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1998. She lives with her husband, who is co-owner of Lawrence based design/build company Struct/Restruct, and their four cats.