Today we’d like to introduce you to Audrey Stone.
Audrey, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As a child, I was constantly making things and drawing. I set up a corner of my bedroom as a studio to paint in oils and acrylic. My High School art teacher was instrumental in my development. He always left the art room open for me to work and encouraged me to explore various mediums. I chose Pratt Institute for my undergraduate degree because they had a strong Foundation Year program and had my first solo show shortly after graduating at AIR Gallery in NYC. Several years later I went back for an MFA at Hunter College considering teaching as a career. While I did not end up pursuing an academic career, the concentrated studio time of the MFA program helped shape my attitude towards my creativity.
To pay bills, I had a lot of odd jobs over the years; from waitressing, office work and assisting other artists, to painting commissioned animal portraits. In time, I became involved with healthcare and got certified as a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant. However, there was a turning point when I could not do it all (have an artistic career and a career in healthcare while also attending to my family) and I let my private practice in those areas go to devote myself to my studio work.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I work fairly methodically on 5-12 paintings at a time, applying one color a day to a painting, so the gradations of color become a form of marking time and process. Color is a joy for me. Observing shifting color and light in nature I find can be an ecstatic experience bringing about both the feeling of excitement and calm. I desire to bring this dynamic in to my work and use color to explore the formal aspects of painting as well as feeling states.
Many of my compositions are symmetrical, I am drawn to the inherent strength of symmetry. My compositions can also be symbolic. I do not insist on a dominant narrative for my work, however, there are embedded personal back stories to many of my images.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Affordable workspace is often an issue for artists, and finding space in cities with high rents can be hard. Cities like Boston could help artists by designating affordable work/live spaces for them and keeping those spaces affordable for the future. Other forms of support could be project or merit grants and public commissions for artists’ work.
Social media is a huge change, giving a platform to many artists, creating community for artists to watch each other’s growth and connect to a larger audience. Social media can also potentially lead to opportunities for exhibits and sales.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work and process by following my Instagram: audrey_stone_studio.
Check out my website and there you can request to be added to my mailing list to find out where you can see my work in person, or contact me for more information about my work.
Support my work by following me on social media, telling your friends or interested parties about my work, or purchasing my work!
- Website: https://www.audreystone.net
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/audrey_stone_studio/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AudreyStoneArtist
For shot of me:
Audrey Stone artist talk, Mesmerize, ODETTA, Brooklyn, September 30, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of ODETTA