With a fascination for science and both a father and a grandfather who worked as civil engineers, artist Stephanie Hartshorn had an almost mandatory detour through an engineering major, followed by a fulfilling decade in architecture before taking her first painting class. The first time Indian red mixed with Phthalo blue, it felt like a road home. Largely self-taught, Stephanie has had the good fortune to study over the years with a select list of established painters that have inspired and encouraged her course. As her work continues to evolve, she emphasizes abstracting details to create a kinetic realism.
“I consider my paint as a sculptor might her clay. Each brush stroke takes on a form of its own and, in the end, creates textures that explore and express an object or scene.” Her panels rarely sit static in the easel; she turns them sideways or upside down throughout the process – sometimes even laying them flat on the floor – exploring ways to layer and move paint. “What I’m tapping into is a dynamic experience of weaving an image together, of building it.”