‘Red Earth II’ is a striking original acrylic and pastel on canvas painting from abstract artist Stephanie Stow.
Stephanie Stow’s art work is gestural. You can feel the energy from each brush stroke. Her work is not about pure representation of an object, but her own vision of the object. The way in which Stephanie applies the paint, be it the thickness or the thinness of the stroke, all contributes to how she expresses emotion about a given subject, and that is what keeps her constantly excited about painting. She takes reality and fuses it with her own concept of the world.
Stephanie Stow’s work is very much about the physicality of painting. She is excited by how she can manipulate the paint on the canvas and how one colour reacts against another. She loves scraping in and scraping off the paint, playing with lines and texture, it’s about making decisions and changes.
Recently, Stephanie Stow has produced a series of paintings centred around her love of the Essex and Suffolk coast, primarily Mersea Island.
Coming from rural Suffolk, Stephanie Stow was always aware of nature; it has had a profound influence on her work and can be found within the shapes and patterns. She sees plants, flowers and trees as colour and line, rather than detail in the form of leaves or petals. She is fascinated by the skeletal shapes of seed heads, of flowers as they degenerate and fade.