Stephanie Spay is an Indiana based oil painter with a constant passion for the figure and portrait, an enthusiasm for still life, and a fascination for landscape.
She was drawn to art at a very tender age and has been smitten with the relationship ever since. As a teen, she placed in several drawing competitions in her high school. She was awarded a scholarship her first year at John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis.
Upon graduation, she taught elementary art for a time and then set out on her own as a self employed artist, taking commissions and producing mural work until the birth of her first child. Painting for pleasure during her first ten years of motherhood, she returned to the art world in 2017.
The moments she seeks in paint are intimate, personal, and relatable. She works primarily in oil and draws her inspiration from children, family, and nature. She splits her time as an artist between work in her studio and home educating her two young boys.
Stephanie is a graduate of John Herron School of Art with a Bachelors degree in art education. She has continued improving her practice as a painter through workshops and constant exposure to fine art, drawing influence from the intimacy of classical painters and the decided color and brushwork of the French and American Impressionists.
She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Plein Air Painters, Indiana Artists Club, The Hamilton County Artist Association, and the National Portrait Society.
Artist Statement: I paint as a means of survival, just as I eat, breathe, and sleep to do so. It is a form of meditation, connection, and prayer that I experience on a very personal level. It is a way that I give my emotions and thoughts a voice where words continue to fail me. It is a space I am blessed to be able to live in, a space separate from the roles that I lead as mother, educator, and wife, and yet connected to them all just the same. It is a sanctuary.
My true objective as an artist can be summed up as an intentional effort to communicate the connection, the moment where time stops and engagement begins, that I experience with my subject matter. My hope is that my communication of that personal moment in paint can reach the viewer on an equally emotional level and thus spark a dialogue, inwardly or outwardly. If art can accomplish anything, it should be to interrupt the mundane and create engagement. It should leave a mark.