Stefanie Bales is a contemporary fine artist and educator, whose novel point of view is demonstrated in her cerebral landscape paintings. Her whimsical typologies are often inspired by the Southern California landscape, but many are interpretations of geographies that are much less specific. While each of her works has its own narrative, each is meant to intuit idioms of the collective subconscious. With each piece, she starts with one inspiration and then responds intuitively to color, texture, and form. This lends to the merging of both realist and surrealist qualities, often creating secondary contradictions or illusions in figure, form, and atmosphere. Each work reveals some sort of visual or contextual phenomenon, illustrating the way time moves in our dream state- fluidly but without sequence or connectivity. The conversation is meant to exist in that space where our waking lives and lucid dreams collide.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Stefanie moved to San Diego after graduating Cum Laude with a BFA degree in painting from the honors program at the University of Delaware. After a year working at a La Jolla based Art Deco company, she returned to school to pursue her Masters degree, studying educational psychology and art therapy. Her time working with students with neuropsychological disorders incidentally inspired her to begin exploring the visual representation of human consciousness, evident in her most recent bodies of work.
Stefanie’s work is in numerous private collections across the country and internationally, and has been published in the Santa Barbara Sentinel, Creative Quarterly Magazine, San Diego Citybeat, UT-TV, and KUSI’s good morning San Diego. She is active in the local creative community, and is a participating member of AIGA, San Diego Made, Creative Mornings, and the Yellow Collective. Stefanie has been teaching Art and Design classes at Platt College for nearly a decade, and resides in Little Italy with her husband and 2 year old son.
Adelman Fine Art represents Stefanie Bales in San Diego, California.
Q & A WITH STEFANIE
STEFANIE: “This is a tough one! I had no idea where to start, so I asked some friends to answer for me. I got the followings responses: (I have really nice friends..)
STEFANIE: “In regards to my craft, my attempt is to bring the viewer to a place where he/she experiences something that is timeless and meaningful. I love when someone says to me that my landscapes/subjects feel familiar, because since they’re made-up. I know I’ve created something that truly speaks.
STEFANIE: “I’ve always been really interested in documenting light and atmosphere. I’m very much inspired by color relationships, especially those derived from the sun. I observe the world in intricate ways and am constantly in awe of the beauty of both our natural and built environment.
Beauty is a subjective perception and one that is often considered to be trite in an artistic conversation, but I can’t help but feel the need to share my witness. I’m also really moved by language, music and poetry. I aspire to create what I’ve named ‘pictorial conversations’ that elevate communication beyond prose. Finally, I’m inspired by the idea that there are universal experiences that all humans share, and am constantly exploring the visual idioms that are a part of our collective (sub)conscious. I think my painting ‘The Sun Also Rises‘ best represents the synthesis of all of these inspirations in one work.”
|Dimensions||24 x 18 in|
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SPIRITED, by artist Stefanie Bales, is an original mixed media painting available at Adelman Fine Art Gallery in San Diego, California.