Wabash Valley artist Todd Stokes will discuss his artwork at the Alliance of the Swope meeting set for noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in Swope Art Museum, 25 S. Seventh St.
Stokes grew up in Terre Haute and graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography with a minor emphasis in Plexiglas sculpture.
He is co-manager and design artist at The Golden Frame in Terre Haute by day. By night, he works in his art studio at Dennison, Illinois, where he reimagines the rural landscape — specifically trees — to feature in his award-winning photographic images, glass etchings and sculptures.
Asked about his creative process, Stokes said, “As I walk around the yard and trek through the woods, I become extremely aware of subtle details, the draping shadows of a limb across the trunk of a tree, a brightly lit spot of leaves in an otherwise darkly shaded area, or an interesting leaf that catches my attention out of the corner of my eye.
“Some of these I attempt to capture through ‘the lens.’ Some of them I study with wonder, internalizing the essence of why it has stopped me in my tracks, demanding my attention.”
Most recently, Stokes won first-place honors for his 3-D etched glass, mixed media entry in River City Art Association’s fall exhibition and an honorable mention in the annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Illinois.
He currently has a 3-D entry in Crow Show 2018 at Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute.
Stokes’ memberships include the Terre Haute South Rotary Club; Watermark Artist Collective; Arts Illiana; RCAA; Wabash Valley Art Guild; SW Indiana Arts Council in Evansville; Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois; and the Bicentennial Art Center. He also is director of the Carolyn Toops Gallery in Community Theatre of Terre Haute.