Art By the Falls Artists
Each piece I have created is different and beautiful in its own way. I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I love making them!
E. Lisa Samperi
Today, Stephanie is determined to be more active in the industry that she loves. She is appearing at many art festivals, applying to various opportunities and has her art available online. Stephanie is an active member of several local art councils and organizations, and is planning a solo exhibition in the near future.
Artist Statement:I explore texture, color and the interaction of paint- the finishes, fluidity, viscosity, transparency, opaqueness, iridescence and color shifting - all while building and mixing in the moment on the canvas or paper. I have mostly worked in a single layer but recently started to explore painting in multiple layers. I love to experiment with how the paint colors, textures and finishes interact and overlay.
I am mostly influenced by human emotions, astronomy, science, and nature - the ocean, sky and plants. My art is open to interpretation of each individual viewer. I want my art to speak to something within each person and make a personal connection.
Connection and unity are two underlying themes that Shawn discovered throughout society and religion’s use of design language. These two concepts remain the idea and tone in all of Shawn’s work. His exploration of the historical role of Celtic knot imagery, its complexity, and its spiritual influence on culture and religion has led to a deep fascination, and to discover a strong connection between Arabic, European and Asian design, all of which influenced, and in turn were strongly influenced by, Celtic culture.
Recently, my photography has mainly involved New York and New England landscapes with other travel shots and event photos (airshows and fireworks) mixed in. Previously, I focused almost exclusively on birds, and still seek out Snowy Owls and Bald Eagles when they’re around.
My interest in photography started in college when I took a course in Scientific Photography offered by the Physics Department. I borrowed a 35-mm camera and almost exclusively shot with Ektachrome slide film (the only color film the Department had available, for free). For a final project, I took advantage of research I was doing on fruit-flies for a genetics course and photographed various life-stages of the bugs through a stereo-microscope. I was hooked. The microscopic world was mesmerizing. Little did I know at the time however, it wasn’t done with me. After graduate school I took a job in the environmental field monitoring marine water quality in the bays and harbors around Suffolk County (NY). When not on a boat, it wasn’t long before I found myself behind a microscope again, this time enumerating and photographing various phytoplankton (micro-algae) species, including the infamous brown and red tides. The job lasted for over 30 years before I decided to move on to being a full-time grandpa.
Over the years I purchased a number of relatively inexpensive cameras for travel and family photos (3 kids and now 4 grandchildren). Once retired, I became interested in bird-watching but wasn’t satisfied with just seeing; I needed a photo. So I picked up a decent digital SLR (Canon 7d with a 300-mm f/2.8 lens) and ventured off in search of birds to photograph. My equipment now includes Canon 7dmii, 5dmiii and R6mii camera bodies, 300mm and 70-200mm telephoto lenses, 16-35mm and 24-70mm wide angle lenses and a variety of tripods, filters, etc.
My work - The pots are made of stoneware clay, occasionally porcelain, and fired in an electric kiln to about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Most are meant for everyday use. Some are made on the potter's wheel, others from rolled out slabs of clay. I love the plasticity of clay. I enjoy the processes of making pots by hand and leaving my "fingerprints" as it were on the finished piece. I aim for a style which combines elegance with strength and movement with rest. Ideally, each piece should be easy on the eyes and comfortable in the hand.