Private Rooms Burning is a look at a controlled burn that the fire department of Marion County executed near my home in 2003. I worked for them as a volunteer for about six months, but pro-discrimination practices forced me to resign early. There was not enough time to put out very many fires, but plenty of time to burn the secret rooms of discrimination that we so love to build.
I speak of my experience during the introduction of the book followed by a thorough colorful photo documentation of a typical controlled burn commonly practiced by most fire departments. Sadly, I had to resign just a few months before laws passed protecting people like myself.
Although I miss being a fire fighter, I nostalgically and fondly remember my time there as “Firefighter Stone.”
As a painter of 20 years, I have studied under several prominent artists including Kathleen Bracamontes, George Kaforus, and Dave Archer, each adding to my personal experience as a painter and creator of fine art. Currently I have quit painting and making any art whatsoever. All of my art materials have literally been retired in suitcases. Once, I was a driven artist, and felt that I must create. I spent a lot of time making art in order to satisfy my anxieties, and I have explored many mediums, but that is the past now. Some of my most recent works include bronze, B&W photography, and assemblage installations. Take some time to visit my website at vincentstone.com and check out my large inventory of available paintings under my GALLERY link on the left, I may be contacted there as well. I welcome your comments and opinions. Enjoy browsing through my portfolio, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Put Down the Brush and Step Away from the Painting! Published April 01, 2011
I held the hand of a Satanist Published February 20, 2009
Paintings on the Reverse Side of Glass Published January 25, 2008