My art comes from deep within my soul and is unflinchingly authentic and honest. Art-making is a result of my curiosity and is a mysterious operation of the imagination, a self-expression expression, perhaps a catharsis. Along with an artwork, Ioften pair it with poetry, viewed side by side in the gallery space. I engage others by connecting written and visual forms providing a full experience for the viewer/reader. I explore the sensuous surfaces of things, incorporating not only what is given by the senses but the most profound insight, enhancing our experience.
My paintings are full of emotional and intellectual expressions like anxiety, joy, mania, grief, depression, anxiety, fear, and despair. I take my own abstract, qualitative, intra-psychic experiences and make them concrete. I juxtapose artful imagery to represent multiple aspects of paradoxical relationships found in my experiences and the material and spiritual worlds. I am unafraid of the open road that leads partly out of the darkness and wholly back into the same source of black, a continuous life-cycle, constantly turning and churning, the universe opening and closing. My poems and artworks create intimacy, drawing the reader and viewer closer to constitute a more personal understanding of image, us, and the natural world.
As an interdisciplinary artist, my work captures not only physical spaces but also the unique voices and psyches that arise organically from those sites. Those sites are often difficult places where I attempt to make sense of them through my artworks. My work is marked by a deft portrayal of story and characters of biblical, natural, and spiritual worlds, often mirroring each other.
I create sublime and beautiful affects using oil pastels, pastels, chalks, markers, and pencils using color expressively and symbolically. I use bold and striking colors to create fluid and changing forms. I use daring color to convey a sense of mood and atmosphere. My palette is uniquely mine, the product of my colorblindness, and the way I perceive and paint objects. My art expresses my own emotional palette, the joys, anxieties, angst, and melancholy, and invites thought and empathy.
There is no single tradition that defines my work, though French and American Impressionism, Expressivism, Realism, and Surrealism can be found my work. Intellectually, pragmatism, deconstructionism, and Post-modernism are expressed in my work. Some of my artistic influences are Vermeer, Claude Monet, van Gogh, Lucian Freud, Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Rubens, Leonid Afremov, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Munch.
Stoner is a successful visual artist and creative writer. He was a featured poet in The Pacific Review and has published other poems in Cultural Logic, The Awakenings Review, Education Studies, Torrid Literature Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Wisconsin Review, Parenthesis Journal, Fjords Review, and in the poetry anthology Silent Voices. His artwork and poetry has been published in Jesus the Imagination: A Journal of Spiritual Revolution where his work is featured on the back cover and inside. He also has published artwork in Into the Flesh. He has a masters in creative writing and liberal studies and was formerly Senior Lecturer of English at a major university. He is author of the forthcoming book of artwork and poems, T. Stoner's studio is in East Tennessee. Like his page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jimstonerartistrypage/.
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