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Artist Nona Stephens


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"Seven Days without painting makes one weak."  ...Nona Stephens




Biography



 
          Nona Stephens is a landscape artist who exhibited an interest in art at the early age of six, entering a Christmas coloring contest of a local department store in her hometown of Forrest City, Arkansas. She won first prize for girls. As fate would have it, her future husband won first place for the boys’ division, although they did not meet until she was fifteen.  They have now celebrated over 56 wedding anniversaries and reside in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.
         She received her BA degree in interior design, graduating magna cum laude from Brenau University. She later studied for three years with classically trained artist, Chris Didomizio of Atlanta, and has also studied in workshops with noted artists Don Demers, Gregg Kreutz, Gil Dellinger, Robert Johnson, Roger Dale Brown, the late Timothy Thies and Ken Auster, and others.              
           Since 2006, she has sought more en plein air or outdoor painting, and states “Mother Nature is the toughest, and perhaps the most rewarding instructor.” While painting on location she is not only recording the scene in front of her, but also mentally recording the smells of the earth, sounds of water, wind, and birds. There have been unusual instances while painting. Once a raccoon played "peek-a-boo" from under the little bridge she was painting from, and another time she recounts, "I finally saw the 12 foot alligator just across the pond that made my heart stop."  When she paints in the studio from the studies done en plein air, all those sights and sounds come flooding back. She prefers painting with soothing, non-obtrusive classical music, because she states, "I have a running dialog with my painting. I prefer no distractions of music with a beat or lyrics, or I would not be able to hear my painting talk to me! I [...]

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