Reflections of Missouri is a comprehensive collection of the pen, ink & watercolor works of art by noted Missouri artist, John Bolton Stoeckley. Spurred on by requests from many who collect John's work, this book brings his artistic interpretation of Missouri into one collection for the enjoyment of many.
The heritage of Missouri is captured in precise detail and vibrant watercolor, with images of historical buildings, old barns, covered bridges, mills, college and university buildings, riverboats, and natural landmarks throughout the state. In the spirit of the Show Me State, John has brought together not only the tranquility and history of the rural countryside, but the grandiose architecture of the states cities and towns. The body of work selected for this book reflects the evolution of his work over the last twenty years. This collection truly shows the reader the history of Missouri, as well as providing accurate and interesting anecdotal commentary for the images. John's artistic mastery is apparent in each drawing and is a credit to each site he captures in his drawings.
The book also provides a wonderful travel log for those who want to discover the rich historical tapestry of Missouri. Further, it provides a means to relive days gone by for those nostalgic for faded memories of their childhood, when families took that long awaited summer vacation by car. The book also offers a sound history lesson of the evolution of the state through the commentary as well as the visual. The book is divided into six regions of the state, capturing the notable historic sites of each area, across all seasons of the year. These regions are the St. Louis Region, the Northeast Region, the Southeast Region, the Central Region, the Lakes Region and the Kansas City Region.>p> It is John's sincere wish that all who find themselves in possession of this book will discover the beauty and intrigue of Missouri through his works, and will seek out these locations for themselves. John has done the research and created the image on paper. Now all the reader needs to do is make history come alive with a little imagination and some good background on which to build the thought.
About the Author
For twenty plus years John Stoeckley has been capturing the history of Missouri in extremely detailed pen, ink and watercolor. Over 400 drawings make up the two main bodies of his work; The Heartland Collection and Reflections of Missouri.
The recipient of numerous awards for Best of Show and Best of Medium, John continues to push the boundaries of his work, demonstrating a full mastery of his medium. His acceptance and participation in many juried art shows across the Midwest frequently brings his talent into homes, offices and public buildings through private commissions as well as through purchase awards. John's work hangs in hundreds of private collections as well as national and international public places, such as the Kremlin, the Vatican, F.B.I. Headquarters, Federal Courthouses, and The Pentagon. Public figures who own John's work include Prince Andrew Duke of York, Oprah Winfrey, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Olympian Jackie Joiner Kersey, State Governors, Representatives and U.S. Senators.
John is a Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands, the official state organization for professional artists. Collectors of John's work select their acquisitions in the Reflections of Missouri Gallery and studio in the restored stagecoach depot in historic Louisiana, Missouri, along the Mississippi River.
Published by Acclaim Press, 2011. Hardback, 208 pages.