About

Stella Maris
I graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture, but have always been in love with Art. I started an art career in ceramic sculpture, then moved to painting in oils in 2007.  

For several years, I have enjoyed creating in allegorical themes and figurative work. Now I offer an abstract impression of what I see. I am a pilgrim and daily painter, who seeks to unearth the treasures of the day. With each new day, I discern my spiritual gifts as I continue my pilgrimage through prayer, study, creativity and charity. 

Most days you will find me creating in my atelier; sketching and painting. Other days, I will venture outdoors basking in the Light. I find most of my inspirations beyond the walls; visiting the birds in the garden, exploring the open desert air, hiking in the deep woods or rambling along the country roads. But nothing compares to sitting silently in God's Presence

I primarily work in oils. I offer my impression of what I see in nature through abstract form, mark making, expressive color and the play of light. I have been influenced by many of the great saints, theologians, philosophers and painters. However, I see God's hand in everything true, good and beautiful. He gave us color and light to paint poetry. With His guidance, I try to stay present, enjoying the freshness of the paint while capturing the poetic landscape of God's Light.

I live in Scottsdale Arizona - The Valley of the Sun, where talented artists flock to this cool vibrant town. The Sonaran Dessert is unique in all the world with amazing light and landscape. I also enjoy creating from an ancient stoned cottage near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle France. The Dordogne Valley attracts artists, writers, history buffs, nature seekers, pilgrims and foodie travelers from all over the world to its fairy tale-like setting. 

I thank many people along my creative journey.
I hope the fruits of my labor will give glory to God and reflect beauty and peace into the hearts of many.

"Just one of God's pilgrims, painting flowers along the Way, searching for Beauty, Goodness and Truth." ~ Sierra Dante

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Curriculum Vitae:

Group Exhibitions:

"Hot Show, Cool Art" Sonoran Art League, Carefree, AZ, May - Oct 2022.

"Dazzle" Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, FL July 2019.

"Sparkle" Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, FL July 2018.

"Group Show" Warehouse Art District, St Petersburg, 2018.

St Pete Water Art Fair, St Petersburg, FL, 2017.

Education:

Sacred Art, Pontifex University 2019-2022

Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas CA: drawing and painting 2017-2022.

Ceramics & Painting, Portland Community College, 2001-3.

Master's of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2000.

Bach. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 1998.

Minor of Art, University of Idaho, 1998.

Mentorships/ Workshops/ Artist Residency:

Mentorship: Cat Tesla and Julie Schumer 2023-currently

Mentorship: Sheila Davis : Brush it Bold: https://www.sheiladavis.ca/

Sharon Williams: Mastrius: https://www.mastrius.com/choose-your-master-artist/

Mentorship: Scott L Christensen: Adventure of Painting https://www.adventureofpainting.com/

Mentorship: Christine Lashley: Lashley Art Class https://www.lashleyartclass.com/

Mentorship: Quang Ho: Made For Artists https://mfa.studio/

Workshop: Jill Soukup: Class101,  2021.

Workshop: Kevin McPherson: PaintTube, 2021

Workshop: Cynthia Rosen: PaintTube, 2021

Workshop: Huihan Liu, at the Scottsdale Artists School, December 2021. 

Morean Art Center, St Pete FL: weekly figurative drawing, 2017.

Workshop: Patty Calderone at Calderone Studios in North Carolina, October 2017.

Workshop: Daniel J. Keys at the Scottsdale Artists School, October 2017 and 2020.

Plein Air Intensive in Joucas de Provence, FR, 2011.

Plein Air Intensive, Paris, Aix, Nice, Bordeaux, FR, 2009.

Figure & Portrait Intensive, Florence, IT, 2007.

Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas, CA: drawing and painting, 2007.


Membership's: 

Oil Painter's of America: 2017 to present.  

American Impressionist Society, 2018 to present.



 


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