Stephanie Campos | Arizona

Arizona native Stephanie Campos showed an interest in drawing at a young age. Her kindergarten teacher was first to notice her natural talent for detail. At 13, she began to focus on creating realistic portraits in pastel, oil, and acrylic.

“With photographic reference, I challenged myself to place features as correctly as I could. It was tedious yet intriguing and consequently evolved into a life-long passion. Over the course of time, charcoal became my tool of preference. I appreciate the contrasting range of light and dark tonal values of this medium.

My work, which is centered mainly on Native Americans living in the time of the Old West, was initially inspired by artist R. Brownell McGrew. Historical figures continue to inspire me, along with an interest in my family’s Cherokee ancestry.

I love studying each unique face. There is information in the eyes and mouth to interpret; an expression, emotion, or mood that I can only guess at. Beginning with lines and shading in values, drawing a portrait is a slow and gradual process yet exciting when it all comes together.”

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