was my good fortune, in the twenty-five years from 1980, to
illustrate for publication a number of the great traditional
tales of the world, especially the stories of my adoptive country
of Wales. Now I am urged to write an account of how that came
to pass. I like that biblical phrase, "came to pass".
In three small words it describes the whole process of life.
Events come, in order to pass, and are followed by others, which
in turn fall behind the next, as Time goes on its inexorable
way. Everything comes-and passes.
have had a generous slice of life's cake, and I have eaten every
crumb with relish. Soon it will all be gone, and the plate will
be empty. Yet, undeniably, it did all happen, and none of it
can be altered or wiped out now. Any part of the past is as
real as the present, which tomorrow will have joined. It would
be nice to think, that somehow, somewhere, man's genius will
one day find a way of tapping into such a record and re-living
it all over again; or, to revert to my first metaphor, a way
in which we can have our cake and eat it. I wouldn't bank on
it! Indeed, I think such a marvel is as much of a fairy-tale
as any I have pictured for children's books. So I will do as
I have been urged to do, and make my meagre record."
Jones enjoyed a genteel upbringing in England as a Methodist
Minister's daughter, and married a Welsh Presbyterian Minister
who became a Missionary in India before his appointment as lecturer
in Religious Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
The first part of her married life was devoted to the care of
her husband and six children, three of whom were born in India.
At sixty years of age, she began painting professionally and
was soon recognised as a highly talented artist and illustrator,
winning much acclaim both nationally and internationally.
She encapsulates her vision of life in the title of the book,
adapting the Biblical quotation by simply inserting a comma
- IT CAME, TO PASS, a philosophy aptly described in her last
It has been said that her images define the myths and legends
of Wales in the same way that Arthur Rackham defined English
Faery. Her talent for portraying people in all aspects of behaviour,
comic and tragic, has sometimes been compared with the Flemish
painter, Bruegel. Her gift is however inimitable and instantly
recognizable as her own unique genius.
Her work encompasses not only Welsh life and culture but also
includes her life in India and her keen observation and love
of nature in the places where she has lived.