“I feel there is nothing more artistic than loving people” —Vincent Van Gogh. Amen, Vince, amen. And watching this musician close his eyes and play his heart out was love at first sight for the artist in me. It didn’t matter who was listening, he had music that had to come out of him and his passion was palpable. People are the best. [“Passion” 11x14, available]
Just dropped off a bunch of new work at @15th_street_gallery including this one, “Weekend Light” 11x14. The inspiration for this painting came from a date night with my husband, just the two of us. A long meal with good food and uninterrupted conversation is about all we want in life.We sat and talked and talked while the sun slowly set and painted the room with that beautiful golden evening light. It reminded me of when we were dating and the whole room would disappear because we were only fascinated with each other. More responsibility and work is always ahead, but for this moment it’s the weekend and we’re punched out. 🙌🏻 ✨
Sometimes my cousin @mcdaddyx6 takes exotic trips to Europe and sometimes he lets me steal his pictures and paint them cause there are just too many beautiful corners of this world for me to get to them all ❤️🌍 Thanks Lee! [“Resting” 8x10, available]
“Which Way Did She Go?” 8x10, available at @davidericsonfineart
A year ago I was on a dream vacation with my husband that left us plenty of time to wander and relax and soak up street vendors or appreciate the smell of the market. I paint so many pictures from vacations I take, because it’s when I slow down and enjoy humanity so very much. People are good, this whole world over, and it’s easy to see when you stop long enough to look them in the eye and listen to their story. [Balloon Artist, 8x8, available at @davidericsonfineart]
Years ago, I was sitting at a bridal shower holding a notecard trying to think of my best marriage advice for the happy couple. People were making quippy remarks like, make sure he does the dishes from day one! I used to think marriage was that, a nice clean chart of his jobs and my jobs (I'll fold the laundry and empty the dishwasher if you mow the lawn and wash the cars). But the longer I've been married, the more I've seen it as a circle. I bring all of me and he brings all of him and together, we fill up our life until it's full, whole. When I was pregnant, my part of the circle made a small sliver, waning moon because I physically couldn't do much. But he came in and filled that space in our circle, waxing and completing so that we, together, were still whole. When he's had seasons of masters programs and busyness, I swell up and fill the space. We bring a balance and a unity to each other that allows us as a couple to be one. I give, he gives, we both do whatever needs to be done and we, together, as a team, are complete. || I'm honored that this painting, "Two Makes Whole," will be part of a fundraiser this Wednesday for a wonderful organization called https://fightthenewdrug.org/. If you're interested in bidding or attending, you can contact @melindawbrown.
Just dropped off several new paintings (including these two) to @davidericsonfineart just in time for @gallerystroll tonight from 6-9! David is having a $100-$200-$300 sale, so it’s a great time to stop in his gallery and see what he’s got! 418 S. 200 W. Salt Lake City. The sale is going for the next month if you can’t make it tonight. Check it out! #gallerystrollslc
I’m so excited to be included in the #handeddownandaltered project for the @mormonartscenter festival this month in New York City! This was the brainchild of artists @jkirkrichards and @rosedatocdall and included several of us taking inspiration from each other’s work and creating our own paintings on gold plates that will be linked together in a book. I kept seeing tree of life/fruit paintings, which made me think about the fruit being the love of God or charity. So I created five plates showing aspects of charity (from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
1. Charity Believeth All Things
2. Charity Hopeth All Things
3. Charity Beareth All Things
4. Charity Endureth All Things
5. Charity Never Faileth
Happy summer!!! ☀️☀️☀️ [“Anticipation” 24x36, available at @davidericsonfineart]
This is the last chance to see my solo show! The center is open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm today or tomorrow. The show comes down Thursday (5/31) in the morning.
IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center
2 North Medical Drive,
Salt Lake City, UT
Thank you so much to everyone who has come and especially to everyone who has bought a piece of art! It means so much to me to share these paintings and drawings with you and I'm so grateful every time it connects with someone.
For those who can't get there in person, you can still check out the show through this online catalog: https://www.stephaniehock.com/solo-show (purchasing info there as well).
Hope your summer is starting off wonderfully!
Piano recital Monday, preschool carnival Tuesday, 2nd grade field trip Wednesday, preschool promotion today, kindergarten western program tomorrow and we’ll have made it through this crazy week! It’s a marathon as a parent, helping every kid with every thing, setting them up to succeed. And still, in moments like these, I always step back in amazement watching these smart, talented kids of mine grow up. They have so much goodness in them and sometimes I feel like I just need to get out of their way and let them shine. I sat at preschool promotion today and for the first time, had no smaller children I was trying to shush. My smallest child (who sat so stoic and reminded me of Forrest Gump the whole time 😂) was up there performing, reminding me I’m on the tail end of listening to four year olds shout zip-a-dee-do-da at the top of their lungs. They say most parents regret not enjoying the moments enough and, while I’m guilty of that plenty of the time, today was a day I savored. ❤️💔😭🤗 [“Not Boy, Not Man” 12x12, available at https://www.stephaniehock.com/solo-show]
I took the reference photo for this painting of the water mugs at a rest stop somewhere in southern Utah. We were road tripping and my kids were restless, so we stopped for lunch at this fun side-of-the-road diner that wouldn’t take credit cards. It had the kind of food road trips are made of—big, juicy burgers and thick milkshakes perfect for dipping thin, crispy fries in. I sat watching my kids play, feeling the fresh air and sunshine, and basked in how much joy there is in the getting there. I had no idea how the rest of the vacation would turn out, but being together with my family away from it all was success enough for me. Every time I look at this painting, I smell summer and the joy comes flooding back. Here’s to the summer of 2018! May it be our best one yet ☀️☀️☀️
I've been thinking lately about angels. I wonder about people I love who are on the other side and if they help me with my life or protect me and my family. I don't know all the answers to that. But I do know there are angels everywhere on this side. I see them in the people who drive my kids to soccer games while I'm at an art show (last night). I see them in listening ears who help me feel like I'm not so alone (yesterday afternoon). I see them in my mother who gives and gives and then, when I still call, she gives again (all month). I see them in my husband who sacrifices things to serve me and make me happy (everyday). Today I saw an angel in a thoughtful friend who brought this gorgeous bouquet of spring flowers to me just because. Life is so good and also sometimes really hard. I'm convinced one of the reasons we are here is to be each other's guardian angels and show as much love to each other as possible. (P.S. Thank you to whoever bought this painting at my solo show today! I am so grateful to everyone who has been to see it in person or online. It's hanging until the end of May! You can see more details or my online catalog here: https://www.stephaniehock.com/solo-show).
Here is my last plate for #300plates! The event is tonight from 6-9 and I’m excited to see it in the new space at the Exhibit Hall at Gateway! I love being a painter and I love when my art can help good people. See you there!
Here’s another one of my plates for #300plates! The event is this Thursday and you can check out https://accessart.org/ for tickets. If you can’t make it Thursday, you can see whatever plates are left on Friday during @gallerystroll! I love painting beaches cause I feel like just seeing them on my wall brings be that sweet calm of sitting next to the ocean smelling the waves. Best kind of therapy there is... 🌊
[“On a City Corner” 8x10] If you still need a Mother’s Day gift, I’ve got prints and blank cards available (as well as the originals) at my solo show! Head over to @saltlakejcc, they’re open from 8 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow. I may or may not have bought myself some new art for Mother’s Day and I can’t wait to hang it in my house! I love gifts that inspire me every time I see them (instead of just filling my space with more clutter) 🙌🏻🖼
[“Forgiveness” 6x6] Thank you so much to everyone who has continued to come to my show and especially those who have bought something! You guys are the best ❤️. It’s still hanging until the end of May if you want to check it out @saltlakejcc (in person) or at this link online: https://www.stephaniehock.com/solo-show (link in profile). Thank you!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to my show last night (including those mischievous little boys who told me later, “it wasn’t as boring as I thought it’d be!” 😂🤦🏻♀️)! For everyone who wasn’t able to come, I’ve created an online catalog of the show (with sizes and prices and purchasing info) here: https://www.stephaniehock.com/solo-show (Link in profile). I love finding the good in life and using art to tell the human stories that connect us all. I hope you find traces of your own stories in my work ❤️❤️
Tonight is the night! Opening Reception is from 6-8:00 pm @saltlakejcc. I’d love to see any of you who can make it! Thank you for being so supportive of my art, it means the world to me 🙏🏻❤️
Just dropped off 48 paintings for my solo show! Whew! That feels good. It’s so fun to see them all hung together and see the stories and colors that weave through the work. Opening reception is tomorrow night (5/2) from 6-8:00 at the @saltlakejcc. See you there!