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Just in time for Christmas painting!

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Welcome to my website.  I'd like to share a little of my background and how I entered into this
wonderful world of painting!

Growing up on the Oregon coast I remember my Grandma Shultz always painting.....beautiful seascapes,
shorelines, Mt. Hood near Portland, wonderful snow scenes and paintings of the shipwrecked "Peter
Iredale", an English ship that had run aground during a storm near Seaside.  I remember many fun
childhood times spent on that beach climbing on what was left of that old ship that had sunk into the
sand with only the deck and bowsprit still evident.  Grandma taught several of her children to paint and
being well known on the west coast she sold many paintings over the years.

My Mom painted clusters of beautiful, soft colored roses on the doors of the kitchen cabinets.  But, best
of all, was her painting in the bathroom on the wall around the big bathtub...she had painted an
underwater scene with seaweed and little fish swimming with bubbles coming from their mouths, starfish
and crabs crawling on the 'ocean floor', right next to the tub edge.  Years later, asking lots of questions,
I learned she had also taken a mail order course ordered from a magazine!  Being surrounded by so
much talent, I have always had a deep appreciation and love of painting.

Many years later, with six children of my own and living in Oklahoma, I learned of painting classes being
offered and I signed up immediately.  First painting in oils and then gradually changing to acrylics in the
early 80's, I've seen many changes coming about in our decorative arts.  Although I love painting nearly
any style or theme and with different mediums, the scenes with children have always been my favorite. 
Do you think all those years of washing six little faces and clipping 120 fingernails and toenails may be the reason?

Although becoming a Master Decorative Artist and being awarded the Silver Palette Award from the
National Society of Decorative Artist have meant a lot to me, my families patience and support have
meant the most!

I am blessed with the finely crafted wood projects which Max and Donna Crews provide for me. 
And...painting with so many of you in class over the years keeps me inspired and motivated.  I hope
you'll continue to enjoy the designs!

With warm hugs, Helan 


            

30 new painting packets are now available on the
Pattern Packets page!

Check out my seminar schedule for 2012.
See the Seminar link.

www.stephsfolkart.com :  Steph's Folk Art Studio
offers classes in the fine art of decorative painting.
Steph's provides hands-on instruction, a-wide range of quality paints, brushes, patterns, and painting
surfaces.
 

Have you been searching for a copy of one of
my painting books?  Checkout the Books link
for a complete listing of all my available books.    Order by Fax, Email, or my online catalog.
NOTE:  See my Whippersnappers book 15
on the Book page.

 

   

This site was last updated on : June 18, 2012
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