Leslie Stoner

Leslie Stoner - CASTING SHADOWS

Artist Statement

It’s been said, “We often need the darkness to feel the release to the light.” This statement encapsulates my work and my life. Painting with Encaustic allows me to slow down my thoughts and reflect inward. As I work, the image evolves in layers according to the chances of the materials and the seasons of my emotions. Because my medium is organic, layered, and hard to predict, when I paint I play at the intersection of risk and promise. The result is a deception of surfaces, where control slips into accident and back again. My materials come from nature—beeswax, pigment, oil, and tree resin. My tools are purposeful: the razor blade, the spatula, and the Hogs hair bristle brush. Fire is the element that blends and merges them. My subject matter is the natural world, abstracted, with a balance between dreamlike light and inky dark. Each work is infused with scarred texture, scattered pockmarks, sharp incisions, and misty gradients. I think of my paintings as windows into a world not quite ours but still shrouded with familiarity so the viewer can imagine them self, wandering through it, with places for the soul to shine and places for the soul to hide. I believe that everything beautiful has a darkness. My paintings are reflections of my struggle to find inner peace with the dark and the light.

Biography

Education

2006-2002 BFA, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, Summa Cum Laude

 

Previous Exhibitions

2014, Artist Trust Benefit Live Art Auction, Seattle WA

2014, Group Exhibition, Abmeyer+Wood Gallery, Seattle WA

2013, The Affordable Art Fair, Seattle WA

2013, Small Works Big Talent, Laguna CA

2013, Black Tie & Sequins Live Auction, Springtime in Paris, Men’s & Women’s Chorus, Fremont WA

2013, Artist Trust Benefit Live Art Auction, Seattle WA

2012, The Affordable Art Fair, Seattle WA

2012, Black Tie & Sequins Live Auction, Men’s & Women’s Chorus, Fremont WA

2012, Friesen Abmeyer Grand Opening Exhibition, Seattle WA

2011, “Silk” Solo Show, Friesen Gallery, Seattle WA

2011, Black Tie & Sequins Auction, Men’s & Women’s Chorus, Fremont WA

2011, “Temptation” Artist Trust’s Benefit Art Auction, Seattle WA

2010, Nature Abstracted, TASTE Restaurant in the Seattle Art Museum

2010, Ballard Art Walk, Solo Show, Annie’s Art & Frame, Ballard WA

2010, Black Tie & Sequins Auction, Men’s & Women’s Chorus, Fremont WA

2010, A Night out for Haiti Auction, Georgetown WA

2010, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Solo Show, Packard Building, Seattle WA

2009, 5x5” Group Show, La Familia Gallery, Seattle WA

2009, Grow Art, Poncho Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle WA

2009, Featured Artist, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle WA

2009, Viva La Familia, Group show, Joe Bar, Seattle WA

2009, Connecting the Dots, 5th

2009, Flicker of a Dream, Solo Show, La Familia Gallery, Seattle WA

2009, “Work of Art” group show at the Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA

2008, One Union Square solo show, Seattle WA

2008. La Familia gallery, Members group show, Seattle WA

2008, SAM gallery, Summer Introductions 2008, group show, Seattle WA

2008, Encaustic group show, Georgetown Art Center, Seattle WA

2008, Pinned on Poncho, Lucky Strike Lanes, Bellevue WA

2008, 070 gallery, solo show, Vashon WA

2008, Poncho Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle WA

2008, SAMS Group For the Love of Art, group show,De Lille Winery Woodinville WA

2007, ArtsWest Gallery, group show, West Seattle WA

2007, CoCA 15th

2007, Artreach, group show, Seattle WA

2007, Photovision Auction Preview Exhibition, PCNW, Seattle WA

2007, Open Door Studios, group show, Seattle WA

2007, Blue Nile Art on Loan Exhibition, Seattle WA

2007, Blue Heron Gallery, group show, Vashon WA

2007, Poncho Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle WA

2006, Forgotten Works, group show, Seattle WA

2006, Fred Hutchinson Loan Exhibition, Seattle WA

2006, BFA Exhibition, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA

2004, Cornish College of the Arts Gallery Show

2002, Merit Award Show, Cornish College of the Arts

2000, Bellevue Art Museum, portrait group show, Bellevue WA

 

Awards

2010, Selected for Studio Visit Magazine, Juried by Beth Venn, Senior Curator at American Art at the

Newark Museum.

2007-8, Poncho Invitational Fine Art Auction, Artist Merit Award

2006, Fred Hutchinson Research Center-Cornish BFA Art on loan Program, Seattle, WA

2006-2002, President's List, Cornish College of the Arts

2002, Merit Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts

2002, Nellie Scholarship, Cornish College of the Arts

 

Professional Experience

2005-07 Studio Manager, Betsy Eby Studio

2005-07 Studio Manager, Bo Bartlett Studio

 

Public Collections

Swedish Hospital, Issaquah WA

Ballard Radiation Treatment Center (Swedish Hospital), Ballard WA

Swedish Redmond, Redmond WA

The Inn at the WAC (Washington Athletic Club) Seattle WA

Mirabella, Seattle WA

Bellevue Towers, Bellevue WA

Bellettini, Bellevue WA

Olive 8 Hotel, Seattle WA

The Trump Organization, Atlantic City NJ

News and Press

September 2015: "The Makers: Leslie Stoner's Brilliant Encaustic Paintings," Seattle Magazine