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Reflections of Illinois
ISBN: 9781938905995

Book Details

Author: John B. Stoeckley
Hardcover: 112 pages
Book Dimensions: 9 x 12
Retail Price: $29.95

Book Description

Reflections of Illinois is a comprehensive collection of the pen, ink and watercolor drawings by noted artist John B. Stoeckley. Spurred on by requests from many who collect John’s work, this book brings his artistic interpretation of Illinois landmarks, institutions of higher learning, and places of interest into one collection for the enjoyment of many.

This book follows his immensely popular book, Reflections of Missouri, publishing in 2012. These images bring smiles to the faces of many who have either grown up in Illinois or have been schooled there. The many historical images reflect John’s love of the state’s varied and interesting history.

John located to Illinois directly from his college days at Indiana University, and lived there for many years until his relocation to neighboring Missouri. Each year he exhibits and sells his work at various art shows through the Midwest, with many of those shows in Illinois. Just ask him about Route 66 or Abraham Lincoln, or the Palm Café, and he recites his enthusiasm for Illinois and its unique landmarks.

John’s artistic talent is reflected in each and every drawing and is a credit to each site he captures in his work. This collection has evolved over the last 20 plus years that John has spent as a full-time professional artist. Not only does it reflect the history of Illinois, but becomes a commentary for each of the images as a somewhat travel log for the reader. And for those that are nostalgic, this book relives those days gone by, weaving a rich tapestry of faded memories. Remember that awaited yearly vacation trip in the station wagon with mom and dad, traveling up and down the Lincoln State?

The book is divided into four regions of the state. The regions are Chicago and Beyond, Land of Lincoln, Trails to Adventure, and Great Rivers Country. 


An accomplished artist at a very early age, John Stoeckely has spent the last 25 plus years devoting himself to capturing historical and architectural sites throughout the Midwest, in pen, ink and watercolor. His four main bodies of work include Reflections of Missouri, Reflections of Illinois, The Heartland Collection and the Provence Collection. Each of these collections represent hundreds of hours at the drawing board, creating exacting images for his gallery in Louisiana, Missouri, to exhibit and sell at over 25 fine art shows around the Midwest and for private commissions throughout the world.

Recipient of numerous awards for Best of Show, Best of Category, and Best of Medium, John continues to push the boundaries of his work, demonstrating a full mastery of his medium. His acceptance and participation in many juried art shows across the Midwest frequently brings his talent into homes, offices and public buildings through private commissions and purchase awards.

Not only does John’s work hang in hundreds of private collections, but he has work in national and international public places, such as the Kremlin, the Vatican, F.B.I. headquarters, Federal Courthouses, and the Pentagon. Public figures who own John’s work include Prince Andrew Duke of York, Oprah Winfrey, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Olympian Jackie Joiner
Kersey, State Governors, Representatives and U.S. Senators.

Recently John has begun to enjoy Plein Aire Painting both in the Midwest as well as in Southern France, where he and his wife Karen spend a few months each year; Karen teaching cooking and John painting. Much of his Provence Collection work is also published in France. In his home town of Louisiana, John’s work is available at his Gallery, located in the restored old stagecoach stop on 9th street.

John welcomes visitors to his gallery or through his website Visitors may phone ahead for an appointment at 573-754-6634.

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