In his words: Stephen Brewer, “A New England Coastal Perspective”

From a very young age I’ve been drawn to the art of painting and drawing. It’s hard to explain why this is, only to say that I have a strong drive to put pencil, palette knife or brush to any drawing/painting surface. I am completely self-taught and get my greatest inspiration and study the techniques of old masters such as Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent. I grew up on the rocky coast of Maine, one mile from Homer’s studio in Prouts Neck, where some of these artists created some of their most famous works. I’ve studied his Ocean scenes at great length, introducing his techniques into my work and enjoy walks on the very rocks where he painted, late in his life.

I paint almost entirely with a palette knife, allowing me to create a looser style, in my home studio I paint mostly seascapes and landscapes from photos or from my memory. The exhibit currently featured at the Rialto is called, “A New England Coastal Perspective”. The paintings depict the beautiful rocky coast of Maine, where I grew up, and Canon Rock is one of favorite pieces. It’s my version of Homer’s painting, with the same name. One learning moment, was when I first saw “Weather beaten” by Winslow Homer at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. I have studied this painting for countless hours, it has been a strong influence in my work.

I paint full time but also enjoy many hobbies, including golf, music, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. My family and friends have supported me fully over the years. My wife, Stefanie, is my biggest supporter. She allows me to paint and explore my creative side. I can’t thank her enough for all that she does, while I explore my artistic dreams.

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