About the Cover Artist
Jennifer Rocco Stone
Jennifer Rocco Stone, this month’s cover artist, was born in New York. After 29 years, her life’s journey took her to New Jersey for a time, then Massachusetts and most recently, landed her in Bluffton, S.C.
Jennifer’s career in art began with her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Teacher Certification from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. For more than 20 years, Jennifer followed her lifelong passion—teaching art to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Her favorite quote by Picasso says, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Her teaching was deeply founded, as she helped give students the same inspiration that launched her love for art in fourth grade as a student herself, when she won an art contest with a piece her teacher titled “Jennifer’s Jungle.” While following her dream of teaching, she continued taking night classes at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J. to pursue a Masters of Art Degree.
Jennifer’s work started out post-expressionist and progressed to abstract. She likes to take an iconic theme or image from art history and put a modern spin on it, showing the relationship between the classic and the contemporary.
Jennifer has had numerous group and solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and her work can be found in private collections throughout the country. Her most fulfilling accomplishment as an artist has been her participation in a multi-cultural genocide exhibition and symposium at the Whistler House Museum called “Pursuing Justice Through Art: 2015,” which featured art rooted in genocide or Holocaust memories and commemoration. Jennifer’s painting, “Blood of the Innocent,” which can be seen on the right side of this page, was chosen as one of four to represent the show. “Many people don’t realize that genocide is still happening in parts of the world today, and art is one way to get people to stop and take notice,” Jennifer said.
Her work raising awareness about genocide carries a much darker, heavier mood than her usual paintings. She never knows what her work is going to look like when she begins. It usually starts with an abstraction of color and paint, and then she begins to sketch in the figure, going with the flow as it develops.
This month’s cover piece is called “Out of the Blue 1.” This painting combines her roots in figurative art and merges it into the abstract with a wealth of colors and patterns layered in acrylics to create depth and texture.
To learn more about Jennifer Rocco Stone, or to purchase art visit www.jenniferroccostone.com or call 973.868.0388 Monday- Saturday
between the hours of 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.