American artist, Patrick Stull has spent the last sixteen years largely creating imagery about the lives of women. He searches for what lies beneath the surface of his subjects, empowering each one he encounters.
Stull says, “My work has allowed me to venture past the camera into the realm of a humanist, an artistic life, delving into the intellectual, a more cerebral life experience, creating what I call ‘connectivism.’ Launching “i stop the violence” initiates a platform to empower organizations that protect and empower women and children, using his art, bringing attention to the violence perpetrated towards women and children as well as to the earth and our fellow creatures.
Stull, 70, a self-taught artist, works in many artistic disciplines. Educated at San Diego State University with degrees in psychology, economics and philosophy during the 1960’s, amidst the backdrop of the counter-culture revolution and the Viet Nam War, his social consciousness and political views were shaped. Stull emerged from a Catholic Irish/German family, one of five children, where work, discipline and religion took precedence over emotional expressions of the self – a different kind of loving environment. Being a husband of thirty-plus years and father to two has taught him the power of kindness, love and commitment.