Stencel's traditional fine art is created in the age old methods of the past. Sketching on location and keeping detailed sketchbooks of the special places he visits. If a particular scene deserves larger representation, Stencel will transfer the sketch to a completed painting, produced in the realm of water-media, (traditional watercolors, gouache, caseins and acrylics) employing techniques he has learned from multiple Master Watercolorists over the years.
Currently, he travels the backroads of the Midwest, trying to quiet the emotion of “hiraeth”, a Welsh word which means 'nostalgia', or, more commonly, 'homesickness'. Many Welsh people claim 'hiraeth' is a word which cannot be translated, meaning more than solely "missing something" or "missing home. Exploring abandoned farms, homesteads, abandoned businesses or rusty old vehicles, all of which have a story waiting to be recorded and told. Stencel believes strongly, that it is his responsibility to record these places and give them the dignity they deserve through his art.
As a former combat artist and veteran, Tony Stencel has been able to bring unique perspective to his works, through his uncommon combination of artistic talent and military service. He “see’s” life and the environment he explores, differently than most, shaped by his unique Military Art perspective.
He holds a degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, studied at the Disney Institute as well as
attending seminars and workshops from nationally recognized artists.
2010-13: United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - paintings accepted
2009 Accepted as an “Artist Member” - American Society of Aviation Artists
2009 Finalist - “The Artist’s Magazine” Architecture - Landscape category
2008 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - painting accepted
2007 Feature article in “The Artist’s Magazine”
2006 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Third Place Award / Purchase Award
2006 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - 4 paintings accepted
2005-09 Invited artist “Open Canvas” Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
2005 United States Air Force embedded artist - Joint Military Task Force Artist, S. Carolina
2005 United States Air Force embedded combat artist - Afghanistan
2005 United States Air Force embedded artist - Hurricane Katrina
2005 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Accepted painting
2005 2 Person Show - Imagine That! Gallery - Delafield, WI
2004 National Museum of Naval Aviation Pensacola, FL - Merit Award
2004 United States Air Force Permanent Art Collection - Pentagon - 2 paintings accepted
2003 Experimental Aviation Association - Sport Aviation Art Competition - Merit Award
2002 Wisconsin Lt. Governor's Office - One person Show (1 month)
2002 Wisconsin Army National Guard Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for service to the
Army National Guard through art.