Q&A w/ Mike Stock, Artist at Milford Library

There will be a reception at the Milford Public Library for Mike Stock on Saturday, January 12th at 11 a.m.


The art work that you've created at the Milford Public Library is really inspired and such a great contribution to the building. How did you come with the ideas for your paintings at the Library?

I worked closely with both Jean and Suzanne of the children's library to come up with a concept. Since the room is so closed off from the world I really wanted to open it up hence the windows.

I decided that each window should look out on a different scene just like every book in the library can bring you to a different world. And to bring it all home the large center window overlooks a beautiful world in our own backyard. As for the scenes I mixed a bit of what I thought was cool when I was a kid and what I would like to paint (I knew it was going to be a long project so painting something I enjoyed was key!).

I also tried to create balance and continuity of all the windows by using the same base colors to create everything. The balance is one side a barren desert the other side a riverside brimming with life. One side a view into outer space the other side a view of outer space from right here on earth both equally as beautiful! 

You are a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and director of Stockboy Designs. What made you choose Milford Public Library as a place for you to share your art?

I've always loved the library here ever since I was a kid and I'm glad to know a little piece of me will be in there for a long time. The library permitted me plenty of freedom in my designs which is always a dream come true for an artist. Plus its a great public venue and hopefully will inspire the next generations of artists! And a sense of civic pride! 

Do you have plans for future art work at the Milford Library or other such instiutions?

There's no plans in the immediate future. I've done a couple private pieces since I finished the library. I also took part in a couple art shows/collectives before the holidays so I'm taking it a bit easy and working on some new tshirt designs and comics! Sometimes I need to take a break from painting! It takes a lot out of you! Mentally and physically! 

What advice do you have for those looking to get their artwork out into the world?

Hmmmm...this is a tough one since i'm still trying to figure it out myself! I'd say seize any opportunity that comes to you. I was referred for the murals in the library from an art show I had there when I first graduated from college. Years later they remembered my work and asked me paint!

So even if you don't get feedback or work right away don't let it discourage you! It might come back later! And also create your own opportunities! Plenty of places and galleries around here love supporting local art! And don't stop creating!

Elizabeth Stocker January 11, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Way to go Mike!


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