Join us next Saturday, July 30, 6:00pm-8:00pm, for the opening reception for Jim Stoker’s exhibition “Reflections of Nature” at Valley House Gallery.
Texas artist Jim Stoker began developing his confetti-splatter technique of painting in 2000 to depict his interpretations of the unique flora along the Guadalupe River, as well as the native plants of Central and West Texas. A self-described colorist, he paints vivid landscapes over a patterned ground of controlled chaos made by splattering ten pigments over a primed canvas littered with confetti. Stoker has used the technique to paint the canopy of the goldenball leadtree, ocotillo plumes, brilliant fall foliage of the sumac, honeycomb limestone rocks, and most recently the granite spiderwort. “Nature has been my teacher,” says Stoker, who has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and has backpacked, camped, and canoed in many wilderness areas. He and his wife Eloise, also an artist, spend time at their cabin on the Guadalupe River and have been active environmentalists.
Jim Stoker was born and raised in rural East Texas. He received his BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1957, and his MA from New Mexico Highlands University in 1962. Stoker painted throughout a teaching career which culminated in a 30-year tenure at Trinity University in San Antonio. This is his third solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through September 3.
View the exhibition at www.valleyhouse.com
We look forward to seeing you!
Cheryl and Kevin Vogel
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254
Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday