June Exhibit: Stephanie Przybylek, “Colorful Creatures”
Exploring nature is my passion. My art is a colorful but carefully observed take on creatures and the natural world. Diverse travel, from the Atchafalaya Basin to the glaciers of Iceland has fueled this interest. My goal? Encourage people of all ages to reconnect with the natural world. Go Outside and Play!
Drawing, painting and making art have been part of my life from the beginning. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my sister Leslie and I were exposed to a wide variety of art materials and techniques. My family has an artistic heritage; my grandfather was an independent glass designer in Pittsburgh and my father spent a career in graphic arts and advertising. I was obsessed with animals as a child and repeated trips to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh fueled the fire. I spent endless time in woods and wading in streams. Taxidermy correspondence courses in high school led to appreciation of creature anatomy, as did a stint after college drawing small mammals and rodent skulls as a volunteer with the Mammals Division at the Carnegie Museum.
Education and Professional Background:
I have a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from University of Delaware.
My professional experience has been in the museum field as a curator, writer, exhibit designer and fabricator, educator and administrator, and I've worked in large and small institutions in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.
Colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media on paper and wood surfaces, as well as digital photography with Canon products. I also work with seashells, driftwood, authentic used Mardi Gras beads, and other found objects.