Updated: Aug 22, 2022
At age eight I started taking oil painting lessons. I was later fortunate to get a diploma in International Advertising in London where I spent most of my free time in the Paris and London museums. After graduating college from the University of Central Oklahoma, I backpacked for two years at the Grand Canyon and ending in Alaska. From there I went to Maui, forming Stallings Fine Art, Inc. I became interested in the vibration, color and pure energy of music which led to painting live on stage with Symphony Orchestras during performance. After exhibiting and owning 2 galleries on Maui for 13 years, I moved to Las Vegas to form a partnership named Vignettes Stallings, LLC. I continued to "paint" jazz and classical music and exhibited at many international art expos including NY and galleries all over the US.
After three successful and fun years it was time to focus on Stallings Fine Art once again. I became the caretaker for an amazing black lab named Luke who went everywhere with me. I continued to rock climb and backpack avidly. I was invited by Yan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase in Napa to paint at his winery. Yan commissioned Michael Graves to build the winery around the mythology of Bacchus, art and wine. I painted daily in the opulence of the winery and experienced four magical years there. By this time, I had created and sold over 2,000 original works of art.
Shortly after returning to my home in northern Nevada, Luke passed at a ripe old age and soon after I adopted an equally amazing chocolate lab named Zeke who needed a home. I was offered a corporate job out of the blue which I thought might be interesting and it led to an MBA and a Master Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma (statistical process improvement).
Now, after an amazing life of living my dreams, I created this blog to help you find the artist within. Artist can lead amazing spiritual lives and I will share with you my journey in the coming posts.