Stephen Left
Copyright © 2014 Stephen Left
Shows & Exhibitions:

2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, & 2002 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

2003-2014 “Impressions”, Bonnet House Museum, Ft Lauderdale, FL

2013 “Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition, St Augustine, FL

2014 Lighthouse Art Center’s Plein air Festival, Jupiter, FL

2007-2008 “Art and the Animal”, Society of Animal Artists

2008 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN

2011, 2008, 2002-2006 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) “Best of America” Exhibition

2008 Southeast Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2008, 2004, 2002 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit, Henderson, KY

2007 Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD

2007 “Paint the Parks”, top 100 and Mini 50, Paint America

2007-2010 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2007 , 2011 Paint the Town, Alla Prima Fine Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

2006-2008 Plein-Air Painters Paint Out, Venice Art Center, Venice, FL

2006-2007 NOAPS Signature Artist Invitational Show, Lyssa Morgan Gallery, Tampa, FL

2005 Birds in Art Tour, Jackson, Wy, Idabel, OK & Elmira, NY

2005 Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington, VT

2005 American Artist Magazine, Acrylic Highlights
I am a storyteller, I use paint and canvas to tell the tale. Although, I can tell a story the traditional way, as some fellow artists can attest to! I have been sketching and painting since elementary school. I graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1978 to make my way in the illustration world. I worked with many advertising agencies in South Florida and won many awards in the advertising industry.  

Then, in 2000, I went to an artist workshop in Montana.   I was introduced to an impressionistic form of painting by the late Paco Young. His style was exciting and magical, my style was very detailed and I couldn’t wait to try something new.  I another workshop, supported by the Susan K. Black Foundation, I was introduced to plein-aire painting l where I loosened my style and improved my feel for light, color and atmosphere.

Currently, I create shirt designs for Salt Life., a company that is all about living, playing  and working in marine related activities. Fishing, diving, surfing and anything to do with living the “Salt Life” is what it is all about.  So now I dance between the worlds of wildlife / landscape painter and graphic artist.

I reside in Pompano Beach, Florida and my marine art and some of the bird paintings are at The Redbone Gallery in Islamorada, Florida, otherwise known as The Keys and shirt designs are in sporting good stores across the country…
Capturing the perfect light in wildlife or landscape paintings sets the mood for the entire piece. Highlights and shadows play an important role in all of my work. Whether it’s a sunrise, sunset or an overcast day, the lighting becomes an integral part of the painting, transporting you to another location or a memory. This is what I love to do.