Stephanie Marzella has been a painter of landscape and still life since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984. She was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after receiving her BFA she moved to Rhode Island where she began to focus solely on landscape and quiet water. She now resides on Johns Island and has been painting the Low Country and discovering all it has to offer. The driving forces behind Stephanie’s work are her love of nature and interpretive use of color.
“I am inspired everyday by my immediate surroundings. I lived on a tidal cove off Narragansett Bay called Mill Creek Cove. I was able to watch the tidal changes every day and the sunset at night. Nature is very spiritual for me. Through my work I am expressing my emotional response to nature’s mystery and her constant transitions. By creating mood and atmosphere in my paintings I hope to awaken these emotions in the hearts and minds of the viewer.” Stephanie paints in oils, but has enjoyed many different media including pastels and acrylics.
Stephanie has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country and won many awards. In 2016 she has received The John N. Lewis Memorial Award, The Emil Carlsen Award and the prestigious Annual Purchase Prize Award at The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2014 she received The Jurors Choice award from Peter Trippi the editor and chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine at Plein Air Easton. She has also been featured in Pastel Journal Magazine. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, The American Impressionist Society, The Salmagundi Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.
-Submitted by Sharon Peck