Inspiration for my paintings comes from the objects and places I observe in my everyday life. The most commonplace objects found around the house and studio, or purchased from yard sales and flea markets become compelling still life subjects when arranged and lighted thoughtfully. When outdoors I use a camera to take visual notes about scenes that I happen upon whether deliberately or accidentally. Back in the studio these scenes are interpreted on canvas, sometimes faithfully and other times fancifully.
My techniques include traditional oil painting materials and methods as well as newer media such as acrylics and water mixable oils. When time and weather permit, I enjoy painting en plein air, a term the French Impressionists used to describe the act of painting outdoors, with its challenges of changing light, bugs, and curious observers.
Ernest (Ernie) Stonebraker began oil painting in 1988, attending classes at Acton-Boxborough Community Education, Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) and numerous workshops. After retiring from an engineering position with Raytheon Corporation, he rented a studio in ArtSpace, Maynard in order to pursue painting more vigorously. Ernie shares his knowledge by teaching Oil Painting in his studio at ArtSpace through Acton-Boxborough Community Education. Ernie and his wife Sherry live in Stow, MA, and enjoy traveling to visit their four children, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren.