Despite taking numerous art courses over the years, a more accurate description of me is that I am a self-taught artist.
Throughout my schooling including course at U.C.L.A, the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and Ball State University where I studied are and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 2001.
I've worked with a variety of mediums including ink, washes, clay, and charcoals. It wasn't until several years later that I began exploring oils and acrylics. The subject matter of my paintings are primarily still lifes and landscapes. Gardening is another passion, so my inspiration often comes from nature and the study of light and shadows.
I've been painting for over 30 years, but remain open to learning new techniques and finding ways to improve, thus, my style is in a constant state of development. Sometimes, a piece yearns to reflect precise details. At other times, I let the pallet knife dictate the unpredictable strokes and color combinations as in my painting of Sun Flowers.
Some of my earlier paintings received awards and honorable mentions at state art competitions. In addition to my art work, I am also a published author of crime mysteries. My novels have each won awards and honorable mentions at national book fairs and writing competitions. All are available in print and e-books formats from Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Additional information about my paintings and novels is available on my website.
My studio is in my home, situated across the banks of the White River, where the characters of Sam Harper and Rhonie Lude came to life.
For more information about me and my works, please visit my website, www.mstephensbooks.com
Sun Flowers, 14" x 18" Acrylic On Canvas.
Plum Tomatoes 7" x 5" Acrylic On Canvas.
Lemons 20" x 20" Acrylic On Canvas. First Place winner in the 2019 MAG Annual Art Show.
Ball Jars 24" x 18" Acrylic On Canvas. Honorable Mention winner in the 2019 MAG Annual Art Show.
Marbles 30" x 30" Acrylic On Canvas. Honorable Mention winner in the 2019 MAG Annual Art Show.
2020 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient
Harvest - Acrylic.