Ruskin Beechler Stone 1906-2003
Ruskin Beechler Stone was best known as a painter of portraits. From his simple beginnings, Ruskin’s skill and talent was unsurpassed by his contemporaries. At the young age of 13 he started a lifelong apprenticeship under Karl Kappes, a noted local Toledo, Ohio artist. In 1922 he was selected by the Toledo News Bee as the most outstanding young local artist. By 18, he was enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he furthered his studies.
The time spent in Chicago allowed him to develop relationships with Emile Gruppe, Paul Strich and Ken Gore. His studies with Gruppe lasted for nearly two years; during this time Ruskin painted some of his most unique and desirable eastern landscapes and marine paintings. Stone, though he displayed great artistic talent, knew he had a family to support and sought a more stable career. He adapted his artistic skills to the commercial art field while working in New York.
After many years in New York City, Stone moved back to Toledo, accepting a job in the marketing department at the infant radio station WSPD. It was Ruskin Stone and George Storer Jr. who introduced television to Toledo. After a long association with Storer Broadcasting, Ruskin opened his own advertising agency that would later become Stone Advertising Company. His son later took over the business, allowing Stone to devote all his time to what he loved most:painting.
The artists’ passion was pastel; some of his most compelling portraits were done in this medium. The artist was equally skilled in oils as well.
He held membership in the Toledo Tile Club, Toledo Artists Club; was a member and past President of the Art Klan in Toledo and a member and past President of the Palette Club of Toledo. He participated in exhibits at the Toledo Museum of Art; also in New York City, San Francisco, and Rockport, Massachusetts.
Biography courtesy of Willowrush Promotions, Inc., Auburn, Indiana.
Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, researcher of Lansing, Michigan