About the Artist  : : :  Stefanie A. Shilling

Why do I paint? Connection.

Connection to a part of myself, connection to those around me.

I believe art is an extension of oneself, an offering, a moment in time.

And, for me, art is a way of finding my way to the essence of who I am

and what my existence means to the world.

My process is a dance between the canvas, paint, and my own energy.

It is very much an intuitive process that is often steeped in emotion.


I began painting in late 2010 after a lifetime of writing.

I wasn’t a visual artist as a child; I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember.

But, when I exposed my creative side to painting,

I fell in love with the freedom of it.

It has fed a part of my soul that I didn’t even realize was hungry.


Today, the pen & paintbrush share custody and usually fight for attention.

One way or another, the art gets out.

One way or another, I continue to find my way home…

by way of sharing my heart.


I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Oregon)

with my husband & our two kids.

All three of them teach me something every day.

Life is good, even on the bad days.

Random facts about me:

  1. My favorite color is periwinkle; a little blue, a little purple.

  2. I usually listen to music while painting - and often the same song on repeat per painting. (I do the opposite when I write--need silence.) I love all kinds of music: alternative/rock, blues, pop, classical/opera, dance/hip-hop/rap, new age, international, reggae, jazz and country!

  3. I could eat dessert for dinner.

  4. Painting lights me up inside. It gives me an energy like nothing else.

  5. When I was in high school, I wanted to be the first woman president--and really believed I would be!

  6. I'm a huge believer that your frame of mind charts the course for your day, thus I'm an optimistic and positive person...on most days.

  7. Fall is my favorite season. I love to bake (yes, back to the sweet tooth.)

  8. My favorite subject in school was English/Creative Writing. My worst? History. (I get a second chance now, with my own children, to learn history and I'm looking forward to it!)

  9. My husband is an illustrator. He illustrated The Waffle Story children's book.

  10. I didn't learn how to swim until I was 40.

  11. I am a big fan of Mr. Rogers.

      I'd love to hear from you!



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© 2019  by Stefanie A. Shilling