the age of nine, Stephen’s parents gave him a paint-by-number set. He completed
the painting as they expected he would. What came next was unexpected. Stephen
turned the completed painting over and created his own composition on the back.
Inspired by the masters, Stephen has been painting ever since. His experiences
and memories of times gone by are the basis of many of his paintings.
art begins with a canvas purchased from a local art supply store. The story is
then told with oils on the canvas. Many of which become detailed reflections of
everyday life in the Deep South, sometimes nostalgic and romantic.
took a few art classes in college at Patrick Henry Junior College (now Alabama
Southern) in the early seventies but is mostly a self-taught artist. He says,
“Art is not something I can explain. I am just compelled to do it.”
Along with painting, Stephen enjoys writing songs and poetry. His art
work is also found online at www.stephenjamesart.com.
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