Artist Bio Information: Stephanie Przybylek
Exploring animals and nature is a passion of Stephanie Przybylek, who from an early age has enjoyed drawing, painting and interpreting creatures of all kinds. Stephanie’s art is animal-themed and colorful but also a carefully observed take on creatures and the natural world. One of her goals is to encourage appreciation of coastal flora and fauna. Get down on the ground, step in the creek, wade in the ocean. In other words, go outside and play!
Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Stephanie and her twin sister Leslie were exposed to a wide variety of art materials and techniques. Stephanie comes from a family with a heritage of artistic pursuit; her paternal grandfather was an independent glass designer in Pittsburgh and father spent a career in graphic arts and advertising. As children, Stephanie and her sister thought that Plastilina modeling clay, Nupastels and Prismacolors were as common as Play Doh and Crayola crayons.
Obsessed with animals as a child because of repeated trip to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Stephanie spent endless amounts of time in the woods and wading in streams. These forays fostered an enduring animal obsession. Taxidermy correspondence courses in high school led to appreciation of creature anatomy, as did a stint drawing small mammals and rodent skulls as a volunteer with the Mammals Division at the Carnegie Museum--it was also a more fulfilling pursuit than her paying job at the time, working in the museum’s telemarking department.)
In terms of formal training, Stephanie has a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and MA in Art History from University of Delaware. While in graduate school, Stephanie took elective classes in painting reconstruction from the Art Conservation Department. This experience cultivated a deeper appreciation of the craft of painting and the use of materials and techniques from different time periods.
Diverse travel to many places, from the swamps of Atchafalaya Basin and the Florida Keys to the glaciers of Iceland and fjords of Norway has also fueled this interest.
Stephanie's professional experience has been in the museum field as a curator, writer, exhibit designer/fabricator, educator and administrator. Throughout her career, she has continued to create images and objects expressing their life-long interest in animal life. Stephanie participated in exhibitions throughout her early years and during college, before her career took her into the realms of mounting exhibitions. She has extensive experience working with graphic designers and taking projects from the conceptual stage through execution and completion. She is a published author with established writing and editing skills. Ironically, it was a need for fish drawings to be reproduced on pillows for a children’s interactive display as part of an exhibit that led into a rekindling of full pursuit of her own art.
Because of the diverse elements of her background, Stephanie can offer a wide ranges of services, from giving lectures and programs to hands-on art lessons for students of all ages and abilities. She also advises on grant writing, program planning, and other elements essential to the life of those pursuing a career in the nonprofit world and the arts.
Colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, ink, mixed media on paper, board, wood; computer graphics with a Wacom Intuos 4; experience with Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, and Aperture 3.3. Digital photography with Canon products. She even has experience with seashells, driftwood, authentic used Mardi Gras beads, beer caps, and other assorted and sundry found objects!
New Castle, DE 19720