After a serious injury took Rodney Stark out of his career as a plant engineer in 1989, he was looking for new things to fill his time. Starting with a multi-media art kit, his first painting in 1998 began as an oil work. Finding that it took longer than he would like for it to dry, he switched to acrylics and this remained his chosen medium.
Taking inspiration from the beauty that surrounded him and his island home, many of his paintings include historically based paintings, boats, whales, lighthouses and coastal scenery of the area.
Self-taught, Rodney became more proficient with the brush and his work became more realistic. Over the years he painted more than 150 pieces. Wanting to diversify, Rodney has not painted in a few years, going on to pursue other interests. These interests include stained glass, slumping and fusing glass, jewelry making and documenting local history.
In November 2009 Rodney won an award for Best Stained Glass Panel in an international competition for a window and matching corners he designed. Another accomplishment is a DVD detailing the history of over 200 years of the ferry service in the area.
He and his wife, Leta, also transcribed a historic shipwreck ledger that was later published. He is presently working on the history of shipbuilding on the Islands and will add this to the other 95 topics he has written about.
I enjoy expanding my horizon, challenging myself with different types of art and I find that I like to change from one to another at any given time. I love learning new techniques and discovering completely different mediums with a world of possibilities ahead of me. I am always looking for a new challenge.Rodney Stark