About

What is this passion for painting?  I am not certain why I am drawn to watercolour as I am.   All I know is that  when I sit in front of a clean sheet of paper all the cares of living melt away and I am absorbed by mixing colours, the shape of a brush, a bead of colour and the smell of wet watercolour paper (usually Arches).  And when I don’t paint for a short time I feel a sense of loss.   And sometimes I get to create really beautiful watercolours.

I largely ignored my gift for the first 30 years of my life.   I lived for a year with  a Dutch family in Fishhoek while I studied.  I remember a small watercolour hanging in a little used room that I loved to look at.  I once took a sketch book and paints to Cape Point where I created two little paintings.   I still remember the thrill of sitting and painting in that beautiful place.  And when The pressure of studying for a totally non-art related degree swamped out this part of me.  I  believe the greatest part of the gift is an overwhelming desire to paint.  When I had completed a degree I went to work in Swakopmund, Namibia.  There I decided to take classes with Nicholas Galloway.  I still remember riding through the dark misty streets of Swakop on a high after each art lesson, my work still taped to a bread-board.

And so started an exhilarating and frustrating journey.  I have worked so hard.  But what joyful work!  And there have been real breakthroughs.  I have learnt to see the world in a whole new way and am still learning to paint what I want to show.  I have held one solo exhibition, in Swakopmund and an exhibition with a group of sculptors.

There have been long periods when I have not painted as I have focussed on my “work”.  Once I didn’t pick up a brush for five years.  This is just not acceptable to me.  Now I try, with some success, to balance my time between painting, a consulting business and family.

This blog is about presenting my work to the world.  I like to tell the story of the painting and sometimes a slice of my thoughts.

So welcome.  Please feel free to page around.  Download paintings for your own viewing but please don’t print or use them without contracting with me.

It is my intention to sell my work and am still figuring the best way to do this.  In the meantime I have agreed approaches with people on e-mail and have sent work to various places around the world.

In my other life I facilitate workshops and coach in the corporate environment.  If you like you can read about that on my website:  StrategyWorks.

Stephen


11 Responses to “About”

  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. Hey Stephen,

    Thanks for the feedback, I noticed on my feedjit that someone was visiting from South Africa. It’s nice to know who’s been visiting. I like your work as well, very peaceful feeling from your work. I will also add you to my listings.

    Cheers,
    Ian Newbury

    • Hi Ian
      thanks for dropping by – I am afraid your comment got shunted off to spam-land and I only checked it tonight – thank your for the feedback – I have been enjoying visiting your blog.
      Cheers hey
      Stephen

  3. Oh Yeah….Your paintings would absolutely sell. Seriously! I’m glad you’re moving in that direction!!!

    Bon Voyage says me! 🙂

  4. Stephen,

    thankyou for your comment on my page. I am so glad you did, because It led me to view your works in turn. I must say I am very humbled.
    You have a beautiful technique, I love looking at the way you have captured water, it seems so quick and effortless in the final piece, not contrived or forced at all.
    I am very intrigued about the story of how these came to be – at first glance it seems you are on an amazing adventure – just briefly glancing through the posts I read about living in a cave, being in Africa, beaches and spectacular sunsets moments away?! Sounds like a dream to me, I’ll be back to have a more in-depth look soon : )

    • Hi Monika – welcome – thanks for those comments. I was inspired by your figures and portraits to do more work in that direction. I also look forward to seeing more of your work.
      I will update my “about” page a little to fill in a few gaps.
      Stephen

  5. Hello!

    Leslie recommended your blog to me. Your paintings are so beautiful. I simply love those at the beach that you posted august 27. I’m starting to dream about going there. 🙂 I’ll come back again.

    • Hi Deva – good to see you here – that was good of Leslie to recommend my work. Thanks for the appreciation – I like that. You are most welcome to hang around here. I have enjoyed visiting your blog – a pause for reflection. Thanks for that – Stephen

  6. Stephen,
    Wonderful work. I have tried my hand at watercolors and know how difficult they can be, so I appreciate your hand more. Your journey in art sounds very familiar to me, I have let life get in the way of art many times. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.
    Lynn

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