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Jerome Stueart


Jerome Stueart was a doodler, and this is what happens to doodlers. He eventually started creating colored pencil portraits at 15, with his own street corner business in front of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. He moved on to do commissions in pastel and acrylic and now watercolor. He had his own comic strip in The Maneater, the student newspaper for the University of Missouri-Columbia. He did many things, including 10 years in the Yukon Territory of Canada where he was an artist, writer, vaudeville actor, trolley conductor, ice age museum guide, singer, a reporter embedded in a subarctic research station, and a marketing director for an arts centre. He came back to creating art in a rush in 2018, doing portraits again, and in 2019 going to art school at CCAD in Columbus, OH for painting and illustration. In his other life, he is an English teacher (25+ years) and a World Fantasy Award nominated science fiction and fantasy writer. He holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing. 
Currently he does portraits in watercolor and acrylic. His big focus right now is a queer reimagining of Yukon Cornelius, the prospector from the 1964 Christmas special, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” 
Jerome does commissions on portraits, and you can get creative with setting and pose. He also does paintings of your home (and can turn them into note cards and Christmas cards for you) or pets.
Artist Statement 
My artwork centers around realistic and fantastic depictions of larger, hairy men (usually gay, known as "bears") and mythological themes, animals, and adventure. I often take reference photos as the accidental body double for Yukon (it's tough to get models for as many paintings as I produce, so here I am!)---but no, those bodies aren't exactly what my body looks like, but i get that question a lot. I collect other reference photos of different things in the paintings to work from too. Then I compose the paintings--usually in a sketchbook with pencil, getting the right composition, and depending on the medium, I redraw the draft onto the paper or canvas by hand. Sometimes in my smaller work, I ink before I paint, and sometimes I paint before I ink. This gives the watercolor work two very different styles--one that is more paintery-- and one that is more comic/graphic novel-ish. The watercolors take me a couple of hours, but the large acrylics take me a week at least. I use monsters to talk about some queer issues, and also, hey, I like monsters. I also like making people happy when they see my work, and I also know that some folks feel represented in the larger bodied characters, or queer themes I paint. Larger bodied people can be heroes too. Sometimes, after I do a painting, I tell a story to go with it. In everything I do, I hope to create Joy for the viewer. I'm certainly enjoying painting.
Media: 2D Painting, acrylic and watercolor
Studio: Building 200, Door 2, 3rd Floor
Does this Artist Take Commissions: yes
Hours: 
First Friday, 5 pm - 9 pm
  Saturday After First Friday, 11 am - 4 pm
  Third Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm
  And by Appointment
Email: jeromestueart@gmail.com
Facebook: Jerome Stueart Instagram: Jeromestueart