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 camera's became more sophisticated as well along with her Dad upgrading the family camera 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.