Artist Stephanie Birdsall
The Artist Says:
I always paint from life. I believe it to be the ultimate in representational art because it is about real experience and demands the highest level of skill. When you paint from life, the subject, the environment and you interact as one together.
“I always paint from life. I believe it to be the ultimate in representational art because it is about real experience and demands the highest level of skill. When you paint from life, the subject, the environment and you interact as one together.”STEPHANIE BIRDSALL received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. After graduation she spent time traveling through Europe honing her skills as a plein air painter. Upon her return to the United States, Stephanie continued her study under several top artists including: Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Ramon Kelly.
In 2006 ,Stephanie was invited to join a group of painters under the tutalage of renowned artist Richard Schmid. This opportunity began an intense focus and rapid growth period. Painting for the last 8 years with Richard, and his wife Nancy Guzik and the others in this small group which has become known as the Putney Painters has provided invaluable support and inspiration.
Her work has garnered recognition and more than 60 major awards in national and international juried exhibitions. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, England, Bargemon in France and at the National Arts Club in New York. Among the awards she has received are Best in Show at the Bridgeport Museum of Arts and Science, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, the Degas Pastel Society Exceptional Merit Award, the Connecticut Pastel Society Herman Margulies Award and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, John Manship Award. In 2004 her work was selected by the National Academy of the Arts for inclusion in the Arts for the Parks National Exhibition.Stephanie and her work have been featured in popular publications such as International Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine , Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Pastel Journal. Public Broadcasting station WGCU aired [...]
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