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© Bobbie Rae Jones 2017
My name is Bobbie Rae Jones and I was born in Oakdale California, but raised primarily in Modesto where I attended high school and played water polo and drums in the marching band. At two junior colleges and two universities in NorCal, I studied architecture and then studio art (drawing and painting) in my undergrad work for about eight years. I also received a certificate to practice massage, which has been my primary source of income for the last twenty years. I took a break from college life and moved to Quincy in the beautiful Plumas county on maternity leave for eight years. As a vibrant and active mountain mama, I gained a certificate in Montessori education, attended ECE classes at the local community college, and focused life around Waldorf Methods based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, opening a state-licensed daycare to stay home with my two babies in their early years. I also spent a lot of time dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing dance in the local community and accomplished the fiber arts: knitting, spinning, weaving and felting. Upon returning to Butte county as a single mother, I took nursing classes, began teaching Pilates, and studied acupuncture and herbs before returning to my love, studio art and attaining a BA option studio art and art education, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary studies in Art Education: PreK – Older Adult. My thesis was titled “Community Building with Socially Engaged Art and Art Education” and my life exemplifies that title. Currently my time is spent journeying between practicing massage out of two chiropractic offices, teaching Pilates, teaching art (I have a Paint &Sip coming up), creating a series of paintings (Figures and Flowers: Contemplations on the Sacred Feminine) for the upcoming Open Studios in October, volunteering as docent at the MONCA, showing my paintings in art exhibitions, volunteering to teach art to a woman in one of the CHAT houses, facilitating two women’s book groups with art/craft projects, and encouraging the unique skills and talents in my two children, now 13 and 10, and classes at CSU Chico for a teaching credential in visual arts. The most important thing to me that keeps me focused with purpose daily is my spiritual commitments and vow to live selflessly with wisdom and compassion, so that I can be of benefit to every person I come in contact with and beyond.