Born in Lubbock, Texas, Greg Stocks has always
been involved in the arts from an early age on. He studied music and
art in junior high and high school in Idaho and played music professionally
during college and after.
At the University of Utah, he completed a Foundation
Art program with instructors Ed Maryon and Sam Wilson. After having
transferred to Utah State University to study illustration he received
a Bachelors degree in Commercial Art with an emphasis in illustration
His instructors at USU included Glen Edwards, John Anderson, Adrian
Van Suchtelen, Harrison Groutage and Anton Rasmussen.
He received Honorable Mention at 1994 Black &
White show at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden, Utah.
Currently employed as an illustrator/graphic designer at a local clothing
company, he has his artwork represented in private and corporate collections,
and his paintings can be seen in galleries throughout the Western United
With his paintings Greg Stocks wants to offer
people a place of peace in a restless world:
“ There is in this world a very real shortage of peace, of places
where a person can be alone with their thoughts in a meditative yet
engaging environment. My work is an effort to create such places, to
build images that serve as inspirational detours from the confusion
and chaos of the surrounding world, if only for a moment.
Having been a musician for most of my life, I find the process of creating
an image to be similar to that of writing a song. There is a distillation
of visual information to reach the basic structure or rhythm of the
work, after which the melody comes into play in the form of color, brushwork
and the expressive possibilities of process and the application of media.”