~ Commission a house portrait
~ View the galleries of Geoff's work
In the tradition of many 19th century itinerant artists, Geoffrey R. Stiles has traveled through Maryland, Massachusetts and Maine, knocking on doors with his portfolio in hand. In this way he was commissioned by nearly 500 clients to render portraits of their houses, estates, farms and businesses. Now his web page does the traveling for him.
|The quality of Geoff’s pen and inks made his printer in Portland, Maine noteworthy for the folding cards and envelopes of his artwork. Print Mail of Maine won first prize three years, consecutively, from Maine printing companies, for cards made from his work …and he now produces these cards for himself, along with etchings pulled off his own press; The Old Landmarks.
|Geoff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Fine Art and also studied painting and portraiture under Paul Ingbretson, a Boston school painter. Although he has lived in several states along the east coast, his heart has always been in New England. He now makes his home and studio in the foothills of western Maine in a timberframe house that he and his family built themselves on the side of Rattlesnake Mountain. They grow their own vegetables and raise dairy goats, chickens and of course a couple of dogs to make farm life complete.
Geoff’s work is endowed, he hopes, with the same sense of place he feels so strongly about wherever he goes. He loves “the lay of the land” that the stoic New England farmer had a sense of. In his wanderings he’ll be struck by what can be a very ordinary place. “I think it is the light in a place, which delights and transports me into the joy of heavenly realms. And of course clouds can have great glory.” Geoff’s faith fully informs his work.
But the door into life generally opens behind us, and a hand is put forth which draws us in backwards. The sole wisdom for man or boy who is haunted with the hovering of unseen wings, with the scent of unseen roses, and the subtle enticements of “melodies unheard,” is work. If he follow any of those, they will vanish. But if he work, they will come unsought.
~ Alec Forbes by George MacDonald
Geoff's eight year old daughter, Julia, illustrated the life of the freelance artist quite well with this Father's Day cartoon. Now almost twenty, she is following in her dad's footsteps, beginning her career as a portrait artist, primarily of horses and dogs.
All images © Geoffrey R Stiles
Web design by Hannah Stiles 2009