Sunset at the marsh
LEARNING TO LISTEN and TO SEE
Each time I paint, I am not really sure how things will go. I have an idea of what I want to express, but how it will unfold is often a surprise. Needless to say, each painting is a fresh challenge! That's also true when I'm drawing inspiration for paintings. I often go for walks to think through ideas and to observe, and to hear what that still small voice inside is saying about what to create next.
For the marsh paintings, my intention is to show what a treasure-trove of beauty it is! It's ever-changing with the tides, the light, and the weather. The same tidal creek can smile back with a cheery glow one morning and look away with a mysterious smirk by sunset. Those subtleties keep luring me back to paint this subject again and again.
The figurative work I've been developing ranges from close family who graciously pose for me to strangers who pose for me unawares. My current figurative project asks the question, "what does justice look like?" Micah 6:8 calls for us to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly". What does that look like as it is played out in the controversies of our day? The children in my paintings for this series exemplify how each generation learns to define justice by what is modeled around them.
I alternate between working with oils and watercolors, and love to play with mixed media as well. My works-in-progress and painting videos are posted regularly on Instagram at stephaniedrawdyart. Please feel free to comment!
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Political Science from the College of Charleston, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a Diploma in Arts Profession Law and Ethics from London's Institute of Art and Law. She has studied under classical figurative oil painters from the New York Academy of Art, Studio Incamminati, Academy of Art College, McCormack Studios, and the New York Art Students League.