Posted September 16, 2018 05:13:06 A Florida woman who lived out of her van for most of her life is being remembered for her dedication to her art.
Camtia Jones lived in a van parked outside a convenience store.
The van, named Camtias, was owned by her daughter and her sister.
She died at age 85.
A local business, Red Star, donated $20,000 to her family, which included a $1,000 memorial service at the Walmart where she worked as a cashier.
She was an accomplished painter who had made some of her biggest clients including her own mother.
In the 1960s, she was featured in a popular television show, “Dirty Dancing.”
She was also featured on “Dancing with the Stars” and appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
She also was a regular at the Red Star on the day of the show.
Red Star was located in Florida.
Jones had a very large art collection that included her own original works.
Jones’ work was part of a larger collection of paintings that she made for her daughter, who was the founder of Red Star.
She painted over 50 pieces of art.
Her work was in the style of the 19th century and is often described as a “gothic painting.”
Her favorite painting was her mother’s portrait, titled “The Lady and Child.”
It was done in the 1920s and was painted in a style that would become known as “glamorous” by the artist.
“She loved being in her van,” said Kathy Williams, Red, the store’s owner.
“We are very proud of what she accomplished and what she was doing with her life.”
Red Star closed in 2008, but Red Star is still in operation today.
A family friend of Jones’, Debbie Jones, said her daughter loved her art so much that she could not help but paint more.
“Her paintings were so beautiful and so beautiful, she just loved her work so much,” she said.
She continued, “She would do anything for her art, her mother loved her.
And she would paint anything.”
The Red Star store has been open for several decades.
“Our family will miss her,” said Debbie Jones.
“It will be a long time to be able to come in and enjoy the store.
And then there is the art.
I don’t know how many more years she can do it, but we will miss it.”
The art Jones was passionate about and committed to is a very personal piece that has always been with her.
She wanted to preserve the memories of the family.
“When I was a child I was always interested in history and art,” she recalled.
“So I went to museums all over the world and I always liked to see what the art is all about.
And I always wanted to know how it was done.”
In her final years, Jones took up painting again and continued to travel around the country.
Her paintings are seen on a variety of walls around her Florida home.
She worked for many years as a painter at Red Star and she was a member of Red’s board of directors.
“I love my work,” she told ABC News in a statement.
“My paintings are a beautiful representation of my life.
It’s a reflection of my love for my family, my friends and my art.
And they are all in the public domain and I hope to have them forever.”
Her mother, Judy Jones, also remembered her as a dedicated artist.
She said she had no regrets about taking her art on the road.
“Camtia was a good woman, she had a lot of heart,” Judy Jones said.
“This is not about me or about Camties art.
It is about the work of all of us artists.”
Red Stars owner Debbie Jones told ABC affiliate WESH she is honored that her daughter’s work will be preserved.
“The Red Star art store will be forever in the memories and hearts of Camtis family, friends and many, many people who love the art of art,” Debbie Jones said in a written statement.