Mentoring Aspiring Artists
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MEDIUM: Oil Paint
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist
Perhaps the single most influential experience that defines my work today was the clay class I took during the summers of my 5th and 6th grade years.
A lifetime (and two young girls of my own) later, I took my first a painting class and experienced oil paint for the first time. Moving that paint with the painting knife—mixing and shaping it on the palette—I was struck with a thrilling connection to clay. To this day I relate to my work sculpturally, an ever dynamic process of building up, carving out, textures, and glazing. A visit to my studio reveals the ever growing collection of tools and materials next to my palette: putty knives, painting knives, razor blades, cold wax, chop sticks, rags, and silicon scrapers…the list goes on.
As you can probably guess, I’m a big proponent of experimentation at the easel. I’ve found that the biggest breakthroughs come from the partnership of two things: willingness to let full blown curiosity take the lead and a learned understanding that painting is a highly elastic process: “when the bones of your painting are good, you can always get them back”.
As a professional, exhibiting artist, I have experienced every joy, doubt, breakthrough and pitfall that can happen when you are making art.
Wherever you are in your journey, know that I am an open-book resource and believe that our dialogues “off-topic” are as valuable as those on.
Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.
Specialty: ✔ Generalist
Color and Composition
Teaching How to Self Critique
Providing Art Critiques
Marketing & Branding:
Running Your Art Business the Day-to-Day
“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
~ Deb, Emerging Artist
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
“I have always loved the details of design: rhythms and complex beauty in the lines and curves of our manmade world.”
Recognized for her architectural portraits of rural America, Stephanie is known for her bold approach to color and design. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society whose work has been featured in national exhibitions and publications including Western Art & Architecture, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and others.
Stephanie, a fifth generation Coloradan, depicts the quiet resonance of a life built on hard work and familial ties. From iconic barns, fields and crisscrossing power lines to motel signs and carnival rides, she captures the strength of the American West unlike any other artist working today.
Stephanie has received numerous awards for her work including the Award of Excellence & Artists Choice at the Cowgirl Up Invitational and Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, as well as the Editor’s Choice award from Western Art Collector at the Weekend in the West exhibition. She has shown extensively in exhibitions across the country and is represented by Abend Gallery in Denver, CO and Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, in Santa Fe, NM