His newest book, Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale (Science/Nature), is a provocative and heart-wrenching portrait of one of earth's largest endangered mammals. Enriched by luminous oil paintings that have been called "... sumptuous... beyond the tactile into a nearly mystical realm..." (Publishers Weekly), Peter C. Stone's passionate prose grabs readers (age twelve and older) by making sound science and the marvels of the oceans engaging and comprehensible.
Mysticism, science, and extensive scholarship in cross-cultural symbology have lured this artist, author, and educator (with a field easel on his back) across the mythic tableaux of North Wales, Australia, India, and Nepal's Himalayas.
An accomplished sailor, he has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from the southern reaches of Patagonia to the Antarctic. These experiences inform his work and a unique self-taught style of Tonal-Realism which incorporates the aesthetic of plein airisme with a sophisticated glazing technique.
Peter C. Stone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the Claremont Colleges. His undergraduate theses in Marine Biology and Studio Art provided an early foundation for Waltzes with Giants. Since 1983, he has presented more than fifty solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, and England, including Art Expo New York, the Toronto International Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the DeCordova Museum.
A knowledgeable speaker and educator whose enthusiasm for observing and understanding the natural world is contagious, his illustrated books, lectures, and STEM/STEAM/STREAM workshops fuse the creative dynamics of art and science, teaching visual literacy through mythology and symbolism in living systems.
His professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the Copley Society. Presently, he serves on the Art and Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum; as Arts and Sciences Advisor for the Oceans Academy at New Bedford Ocean Explorium; and, as an Advisor to the Board of the Florida State University Coastal Marine Laboratory.
Vose Galleries of Boston have described his luminous canvases as "...Brilliant and moody...," "Dramatic colorful atmospheres." and "...upscale Tonal Realism." School Library Journal has called his intricately layered paintings, "dreamy" and "evocative." "... Mr. Stone's ability to match evocative words with evocative scenery is haunting..." (Heartland Reviews)