Stephanie is Senior Editor at Walter Foster Publishing. A lifelong bibliophile, Stephanie also loves photography, design, typography, and cooking. She blogs about her artistic endeavors and creative adventures at www.stephaniegracestudio.com.
Darice McGuire lives, paints, and teaches acrylic and oil painting on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Darice's love for nature inspires her Hawaii and California landscape and seascape paintings. See more of her work in the new release The Art of Painting in Acrylic.
For watercolor artist Peggi Habets, drawing and painting have been a part of her life since childhood. After studying graphic design in college and working as a designer and art director for 15 years, Peggi decided to return to her original passion—fine art.
Talented watercolor artist Ronald Pratt started painting while he was in college studying architecture. "I was looking for an elective class in art that would help me improve my presentation skills in architecture," says Ronald. There was an opening in a beginning watercolor class, so he signed up. "I liked the beauty of a good watercolor painting and the challenge it presented when I discovered it was much harder than it looked. Never in my wildest dreams at that time did I imagine 35 years later it would be my profession." After finishing school, Ronald only painted in the evenings and on weekends as a hobby. Eventually, he left architecture to paint fulltime.
Talented artist Diane Cardaci has been drawing for as long as she can remember. "I think I really fell in love with it when I was about nine years old," Diane recalls. She attended a local art class for children taught by a sweet elderly couple. "We began with crayons and graduated to pastels and watercolors. I remember being in awe of the older kids that were painting with easels and oil paints," Diane says. She continued to draw through her school years but it wasn't until she was an adult and attended medical school for two years in Italy that she realized she wanted to commit to Art as a career, rather than medicine.
One of my favorite pastimes is cooking. I love combining ingredients to create beautiful and tasty dishes. There's an art form—and science—to mixing and matching flavors, colors, and textures and arranging the finished product on a plate or table. And there is plenty of natural beauty in food alone.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
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