Monica Stobie’s pastel imagery captures the mystery and magic of the earth. Her paintings of animal forms and primitive rock art messages reflect a reverence for her surroundings—both past and present. Stobie received her degree in Art Education in 1976 from Eastern Washington University. She taught art in junior and senior high schools for 15 years and has lectured at seminars in Washington and Oregon. She is the mother of two grown children and a serious sports fan. She and her husband live in Arizona.
Much of the interest in Native American symbols and animal imagery found in Stobie’s work comes quite naturally. She grew up on an apple ranch near the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State. She attended school with the Yakamas, and worshipped at a Catholic Mission bordering the reservation. “Home away from home” was a small cabin in the nearby Cascade Mountains which Stobie used as an art studio. Her environment has played a major role in the subject matter of her work.
Since discovering rock art several years ago at a site near the Snake River, Stobie has researched petroglyphs extensively in the United States, Mexico and the British Isles. She has worked with researchers documenting newly discovered rock art sites in the southwest U.S.
The medium used in Stobie’s work is pastel on handmade bark paper. The paper, which comes from Mexico, is made from indigenous tree bark and processed by an ancient method. The result is a primitive backdrop for a tribute to the earth’s many images.
In addition to painting in pastel, Stobie began sculpting in 2006. Her first sculpture entitled “Cowbird” was inspired by petroglyphs found in Africa. In 2007 her second sculpture, “Pegasus” was cast. This piece was inspired by the Greek mythological figure of the flying horse. The bronzes have the primitive quality of Stobie’s paintings but have the added depth of a third dimension.