Vince Stark is a recent self-taught watercolor artist. He was born in Butte County, South Dakota and grew up on the family farm and ranch. He has lived in the Black Hills for most his life. For the past 30 years, he has called Whitewood South Dakota home. He lives with his wife, Kris and their two dachshunds, Ross and Clancy.
Prior to doing watercolor art, Vince was involved in many of the artisan trades, including blacksmithing, woodworking, leather and building horse riding equipment, among others. Vince also spent many years as a bass player and vocalist in several local bands.
Following a motorcycle accident in 2007 that left him paralyzed and permanently in a wheelchair, he has put his creative energy in to watercolor painting. Vince enjoys the organic, transparent quality of this medium. When Vince was a child, his dad collected magazines and Vince became interested in the illustration type artwork often found in publications from the 50’s through the 80’s. The influence of “everyday” art has carried through in his paintings.
Currently, Vince’s favorite subjects are snap-shots of daily life as captured from the unobserved observer. In essence, his work has been focused on portraits of people caught unaware. Often when one’s “position” in the world has been changed, their perspective changes as well. Vince’s painting shows people doing their daily work and going about their everyday tasks most often captured from his seated perspective.
Vince’s most recent art has been created in small sketchbooks, and is then reproduced into larger art prints to complete each piece to its intended final rendition.