Being creative came naturally to Stephanie who from an early age loved to draw, paint and dance. Formative years spent in the ballet studio ensured a natural sense for the importance of line, shape and form, elements essential in the creation of beauty.
In her spare time Stephanie volunteered at the local Regional Gallery and attended classes in art making. She thrived in an environment immersed in the visual arts, also working on the installation team where she gained valuable knowledge in the art of creating an exhibition.
As a dedicated student she absorbed the best on offer from a range of great tutors. She attended classes with Kerrie Elias-Moore and exhibited beautiful line drawings as part of the annual class exhibitions. She spent two years studying watercolour techniques, colour theory and composition with Ingaborg Zotz a brilliant expat German painter, printmaker and illustrator.
Her most recent mentor, John Morris, a former head of the Newcastle Art School, recognised her love of simplicity, balance and harmony. Encouraging this pathway, he introduced her to the works of the mid 20th century abstract minimalists. She found a resonance with these works, they were pure, meditative and offered a sense of visual serenity. She was therefore inspired to create a body of work which in this world of visual overstimulation sought to offer the viewer some respite from the effort of interpretation.