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ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONICA STOVALL

MOMENTS IN TIME - PICTURESQUE IMPRESSIONS

What mental images do the following evoke: attractive, pretty, beautiful, lovely, scenic, charming, quaint, pleasing, delightful, romantic, unusual, vivid, graphic, colorful, impressive, striking? They describe the presentation of effective images composed of features notable for their distinctness and charming impression(s).

These are the motives for the art and photography created by Monica C. She intentionally focuses on bringing a sense of living reality and a "you are there" expression to her works; whether it be landscapes, animals, portraits, drawings, type, and colorful patterns to present a 'timeless" effect for the viewer.

Do sunsets, sunrises, bodies of water, flowers, trees, animals, colors, shapes, pictorial images of people appear in the exact same way everyday? Or
do they take on a unique newness constantly? In her work, you can begin to realize that each image reflects a 'unique and special' moment captured with the camera, various art mediums, or with computer graphic art.

One source of inspiration to capture activity in a candid way (especially in her photographs) is due to the Impressionistic art of Edgar Degas who preferred to capture subjects in motion or in non-posed positions. She is also inspired by the illustrative art of Norman Rockwell. The realism that these artists captured and the likes of other artist's works she has observed in visits throughout her youth to her local Art Institute Museum made her want her creations to achieve that same lasting impression on the mind. Monica C. still recalls bowls of fruit in still life paintings centuries old that looks as if you can reach in a touch them in the bowls and on the tables. It is a subject that can be related to easily through its artistic approach. It is timeless.

The other consideration for her subject matter is the fact that it can bring enjoyable memories to others or reveal the environment of places that one may not have seen in person or may never travel to see. Equally an important consideration is the knowledge that various regions throughout the nation and world produce different vegetation, animals, typography, designs and it can be educational in nature as well.

Macro photography also adds another dimension to her subjects and images. The human eye detects an overall view of a flower; but, in macro closeups, it an awesome wonder to see so clearly how no two flowers or breeds of flowers look alike and how wonderfully intricate they are made. The glory of the Lord is so amazingly revealed with these closeups as they capture the minutest details.

Combining the discovery of beauty in a way that helps to isolate larger areas into smaller ones so that the focus can be placed on a particular portion of a view is always rewarding. She not only enjoys creating these images but finds it even more rewarding when they are liked, purchased, and meaningful to others..


VISUAL ARTISTRY

Monica C. Stovall is a Visual Artist. She studied Commercial Art in high school. Although she went on to a business career, her love and enthusiasm for art always followed along as a secondary career.

Monica enjoyed drawing, especially faces with her earliest childhood endeavors being in pencil. Once she learned charcoal drawing in high school, she then began doing vignette portraits of friends, family, herself, and eventually by commission. The commercial art skills began being used immediately after school when she was asked to create a poster for a worker in her office building. From there, she went on to do other advertising/marketing pieces for company's she worked at, individuals, government entities, businesses, and for herself.

Monica also had an early interest in photography from childhood. With the instruction of her Dad, she learned how to use his 1950's Kodak Duo-Flex II camera. As she continued to show an interest, he bought her a Girl Scout camera (Brownie camera). She enjoyed taking pictures of places she visited in school, interior and exterior home shots, the family pets, and her family in candid shots. As she became older, her cameras became more sophisticated along with her Dad upgrading the family cameras to the latest innovations. Originally, she was not excited about owning a digital camera but after her sister exposed her to its benefits, she purchased her first Olympus point and shoot camera.

On a 2007 vacation, many pictures were taken and she decided to market them as photographic prints by 2009 and 2010. Her collection of photographs enlarged and incorporated not only scenery (i.e., landscapes), but nature, animals, architecture, flowers, water (rivers, lakes, falls), structures, interiors, and sunsets/sunrises/moonrises.

Monica also began creating digital graphic design pieces which have provided her with many product designs and wall print choices.

She returned, in 1990, to her first love of doing portraits when asked by a educator to work from a photo she had taken of her young son. Her request was to do head and chest with him wearing an argyle sweater and in color. Monica was accustomed to working in charcoal and on paper. After researching color alternatives, she decided upon soft pastels on velour paper. This began the fine art side of her art endeavors. She created over 100 portraits and other drawings within a ten year period.

Monica works full-time as a visual artist after spending nearly 40 years in offices. The office experience was enjoyable, valuable, and useful as it provides the necessary business skills helpful to her operating the business side of being an artist.