Alex Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated with a BFA in 1976 from the University of Cincinnati. The Sonora Desert has had a strong influence in his artwork since his first visit while a student at the University of Cincinnati. After graduating he moved to Tucson and began working for a group of independent contractors constructing obstacles for miniature golf courses that were part of a chain of game parks under the name "Castle Golf & Games." He was in charge of all the artwork and painting of these scaled down versions of Victorian mansions, European scenes, Dutch windmills, water wheels and other obstacles that were a colorful, comically garish departure from what you would normally expect to see in this desert landscape. It was during this time that he began to develop the graphic style that became the basis for his greeting card line, published under the name Roadside Distractions.
In 1978 Alex Jones began working as a production artist and illustrator in Los Angeles. He worked primarily in the record industry for graphic designers who had accounts with Warner Bros. Records, the Welk Music Group and Vanguard Records. For over a decade he provided cover and spot illustrations for Warner Bros. Records monthly sales catalog the "Guide". His designs have been used for posters, greeting cards, T-shirts, coffee mugs and have sold as fine art. His clients include The Los Angeles Southwest Museum, The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Chaleur, a ceramic dinnerware manufacturer.
Starting in 1997, Alex Jones was invited to teach EFL (English as a foreign language) at Xi Nan Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. He also taught at Xiamen University in Xiamen, Fujian and in Dalian, Liaoning province, at the Dalian Vocational Technology College. During the time he lived in China, Alex Jones studied and practiced the traditional techniques of Chinese painting.
Alex Jones returned to Tucson in 2004. He has been working as a teaching artist in
Tucson and Southern Arizona through independently funded school programs, private art schools and recreation centers. He continues to sell his commercial work and fine arts through his graphic arts company "Roadside Distractions." Currently Alex Jones serves on the board of directors for the Hilltop Gallery, Nogales, Arizona.