Description This was a rose sent to me from Tyler Texas, the rose capital. I took it into my studio and started lighting in from different angles. I noticed how translucent the leaves were. The whole flower semed to be glowing, even giving off a light of its own. It was amazingly beautiful. I especially liked how you could see water drops through the other side of the petals.
Stephen Hackley, Texas Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement "Perhaps one of the strongest urges we have is to communicate. It could be that artists feel even more compelled to do so once they've discovered their artistic talent." That said, fine artist Stephen Hackley has set out to do just that through large beautiful floral paintings that truly speak to people. A recent article dubbed him "the flower painter".
"I started painting flowers once I got down in and really looked closely at the amazing colors and flowing lines and shapes. The color is intense. Light finds its way in and out, creating these wonderful transparencies and reflections. There is real emotion there. When I observed people's reactions to the first florals I did, and how they sort of got pulled into the paintings and became emotionally uplifted, I decided that this was where I wanted to go with my art."
"Communication through art, whether it's painting, sculpture, music, dance, or any other art form goes beyond mere words", he explains. Aesthetics is the way to really get through to the person. It's very powerful. It can change your life."
Taking a few art classes in school was a beginning, but Stephen did not pursue art until the mid 1990's when he was inspired by the work of Jim Warren. He watched Jim paint, and then set out to find his own way. Working with these new basics, and studying the works of the early Masters, such as Titian, Stephen began to employ the techniques of the Masters, even down to mixing some of his own paints from raw pigment.
He has shown his work in several private venues, including the prestigious Ft. Worth Petroleum Club and the Dallas Petroleum Club. Collectors and art enthusiasts across the U.S. have made his work part of their collections.
We hope that Stephen's art will bring something meaningful to you!