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2012 March 21

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I’m Speechless

The $2 Art Contest makes a liar out of me sometimes. I spend a lot of time writing rejection letters.  I craft them individually and tailor them to the artist; however, I say the same things to many artists in the same month because artists often have the same challenges.  This month I wrote letters that included tips about including statements for each image, making sure that there are plenty of images from one series to view, as well as reminders about keeping biographical personal and meaningful and relevant.

This month’s artist broke all of those guidelines, and I am certain that some of the rejected artists will send sour milk thoughts (and emails) my way as a result of my breaking my own rules.  But, I just couldn’t walk away from this work.  The layers and colors and the faces.  Send sweet key lime truffle thoughts to me instead, please.

Learn more about Mixed Media Featured Stephanie Mead!I am proud to announce the Featured Artist chosen from the January and February entries is Stephanie Mead. Her artwork captures moments–not in a pastel-of-a-wagon-wheel sort of way– but from a sort of zen-like, meditative sort of way.  I find myself contemplating these scenes and these people as though they are a part of my reality.  It is simple, speechless intimacy.

Stephanie Mead


Stephanie Mead was born and raised in Texas but moved to California when she was 18.  Her work has shifted paths over the years, being influenced by the flat sweeping landscape of Texas, the drastic change of environment/people when she moved to California (and now to New York). But, the urge was always to create.

“I have made art my whole life.”


The Ascent by Featured Artist Stephanie Mead!Sometimes Mead’s work depicts dreams or nightmares, other times the focus is on the real, present, sometimes taking a political standpoint through her work.  Mead’s work is hand-made, real, and is a direct response to life.  Mead now lives in New York to pursue her lifelong love of art.

What do you consider your media? Do you primarily consider it mixed media? Something else? “I guess I consider my work mixed media painting/collage.  I have been working in this style now for a few years.  I am a collector of little papers, materials, things that I feel attached to.  These become the canvas for my visions.  I cut, tear away, cover, and glue, paint, and draw until my vision is achieved.  In this way, I consider myself a mixed media painter incorporating collage.”

Clearly, portraiture seems to appear in about 1/2 of your work.  What is the significance, if any?  “I am influenced by anything that touches me profoundly.  Social changes, my own passion for life, and human connections inspire me.  Sometimes my vision is just best expressed with portraiture.”

Talk to me about your choice of layering versus a more traditional “just paint” approach. “I was trained as an oil painter and printmaker in college but feel like I can more efficiently express myself with my layering technique I have developed since.  I feel like my technique came about pretty easily.  Combining mediums just seems logical to me.  Prints and oil paint still find their ways into my work…but so do the other mediums I enjoy using.”I started becoming physically closer with my materials while taking an Art of the Book course at San Diego State University.  It is there that I realized how precious the individual page of a book can be, and the intimate relationship that can develop between you and your viewer when they look closely.”  See, it IS speechless intimacy.  I have a sixth sense about these things.

You know we have to talk about food. What are your favorites?  “I eat beans, meat, and veggies on a daily basis.  Saturdays I completely binge and eat whatever I want.  It is the most delicious thing in the world to wake up Saturday morning and be able to eat lots of all kinds of stuff.  BUT with that said, I really appreciate a good bowl of chili.  I make a pretty mean one.” *Editor’s Note: Just once, I would appreciate it if one of the healthy freaks that get featured here looked like a dog.  I try to deny that you are what you eat, but the headshot makes it difficult.  For the record, I am mumbling the word “bitch” under my breath, luckily no one can hear me. 🙂

Communism by Mixed Media Featured Artist Stephanie Mead!What about snack foods?  “I have a strong, healthy relationship with almonds and peanut butter.  I also love key lime truffles and would probably do anything for them.”  Finally, Stephanie. Always LEAD with the truffles.  Truffles get you everywhere, ha.

So, what’s coming up next for you? “Right now I am on my way to becoming a member at the Art Students League of New York.  Ideally I will create the right connections and showcase my work in galleries someday soon.  I am young and experimenting still, so my next step is to keep making art.

“I must say I am fortunate enough to be doing all the things I want to be doing at this moment.  I hope for the chance to make lots of art.  Thank you for opening this door for me by choosing me as your artist of the month.”

No, thank you, Stephanie Mead for reminding me that I really HAVE NOT seen it all.   I love being confronted with the fact that the ways to express what you have to say are as varied as the people who say them.  Speechless Intimacy. I should talk less.  Lesson learned…maybe.

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24 Responses
  1. March 21, 2012

    Awesome work Steph!

  2. Amie U. permalink
    March 21, 2012

    Stephanie’s creativity is moving!! Anyone of her pieces would be a delight to own! 🙂

  3. March 21, 2012

    Beautiful and inspiring work, just like you!

  4. Stephanie Greenhaw permalink
    March 21, 2012

    Amazing work! You have a true talent and it is exciting to be able to watch it grow! Very inspiring, can’t wait to see more.

  5. Shannon Tramontana permalink
    March 21, 2012

    I am so incredibly happy for you! Your work is truly inspiring!! *sending love and good vibes*~

  6. Jose Ambriz permalink
    March 21, 2012

    Thank you for making art! … show! Art Show! ART SHOW!

  7. Maria Roybal permalink
    March 21, 2012

    Stephanie’s artwork looks great and so creative!!! She has always been a great artist since I can remember 🙂

  8. Danny Taylor permalink
    March 22, 2012

    Great stuff from a great girl. Keep it up 🙂

  9. March 22, 2012

    Stephanie is incredibly talented, and I have always enjoyed seeing her artwork from the in-progress stages to the finished piece. I’m so glad her work continues to be shown on a bigger stage like this website!

  10. Andrew Rennie permalink
    March 22, 2012

    A very talented artist.

  11. Abby Spears permalink
    March 22, 2012

    This chick rocks! LOVING her work!

  12. Abel Garza permalink
    March 24, 2012

    Transposing thoughts to cater to our visual language is a quality most have not found yet and unfortunately, in some cases, never do. Ms. Mead has found it! Magnificent work.

  13. Mutu Lechat permalink
    March 29, 2012

    You’re incredibly talented. It’s gorgeous … Wow !!!

  14. Laura B permalink
    April 2, 2012

    Stephanie your work is so beautiful and inspiring! I can’t wait to it (and you) in person again!

  15. Clayton permalink
    April 17, 2012

    Nice work Stephanie!

  16. kako permalink
    May 21, 2012

    holy crap-o-latapuss!! this is awesome!


  17. August 19, 2012

    Great stuff Steph!

  18. Elsa Mead permalink
    August 20, 2012

    I happen to own several of Stephanie’s art pieces, always breathtaking, no matter how many times I see them…. the Hummingbird piece “Tea” is spectacular as it comes alive in the living room…

    Can’t wait to see to see how art evolves with you Stephanie!

  19. August 21, 2012

    Meade’s diversity as a young artist is quite impressive. Her work explores a great range of emotion from the somberness captured in Daydreaming to the chic coolness of Desert Bliss. The graphic edginess in Love too after Paul Smith is an extreme juxtaposition from the textural brilliance of nature captured in Tea. It is not surprising that Jordan Winery recognized her talent and used her to create their anniversary label. For sure, she is an artists to be watched.

  20. Pam Patterson permalink
    August 23, 2012

    I have had the pleasure of seeing “Tea” in person. It is striking when viewed from a distance and fascinating when enjoyed from a closer perspective. This creation is pure joy.
    The award winning anniversary label for Jordan Winery is not only a visual delight; it contains all the elements a client could wish for in representing its product to the public.
    I am certain that Stephanie will continue to delight and bring great pleasure to all who see her work. I am also certain that more and more individuals will be waiting for her next work to appear.

  21. KKonda permalink
    August 24, 2012

    You are truly a master. Jordan winery painting is phenomenal.

  22. Ruth Farrell permalink
    August 26, 2012

    Mind-blowing, Steph. Your early paintings were the promise of what I am seeing emerge now. Brilliant.

  23. SMarx permalink
    August 28, 2012

    Ms. Mead’s vibrant use of color causes your eye to continuously move around her art. You find yourself drawn in by her imaginative use of mixed media, and are delighted by the gift found in her layers and attention to detail. I believe the soul of the artist is expressed in their art. Ms. Mead’s soul must be colorful and layered, and that of an effervescent and passionate young woman.

  24. Mike permalink
    November 23, 2012

    Nice work! Love the feel of the pieces you’ve posted. Very cool!

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