The Art of Stephanie Paige

All art is but imitation of nature

Phoenix, Mixed media on panel 48" x 48"

This phrase, coined by ancient Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca, perfectly describes the artistic approach of mixed-media painter Stephanie Paige. Her contemporary paintings are abstract landscapes pared down to simplistic compositions, which are anything but simple to construct. Large-scale panels balanced around stark horizon lines are created through a mixture of pigment and marble-dust plaster, a tricky medium that Paige discovered as a muralist painting frescos and Venetian plasters in southern California.

“It appeals to me because of how different it is,” explains Paige. “More than just the way it looks, I love the way it feels and what it can do.”

Hidden Sol 
Luna's Reflection 
Naranja Sol 

Paige began this abstract mixed-media style in 2008 after a search for peace
and balance in her life and a consequent discovery of Buddhism. This tranquility is reflected on her panels, with symmetry and balance playing a large role in the compositions. Nature is the inspiration and motivation for Paige’s art, and she creates each piece in honor of Mother Earth.

“In my work, I see rich textured soil, clear blue water, spacious open sky, or a soft breeze,” says Paige. “In my pieces, you can see the contemporary feel mixed with a rustic earthiness, two complete opposites that dance well together.”

Center of Love, mixed media on panel 64" x 80"

Not only does nature inspire Paige’s work, it also dictates the physical outcome of each piece. Plaster is sensitive to weather conditions and temperature, a quality that Paige sometimes takes advantage of to create texture. A piece with wet paint and plaster placed outside on a dry day opens up with cracks and peels, adding unique textural details to its surface.

Paige’s paintings will be introduced at Wilde Meyer Gallery at 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale The show title is Sophisticated Style Special Demonstrate ArtWalk, Thursday October 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Stephanie Paige will be demonstrating her painting skills with a pallet knife and marble plaster on wood panels.