Paul's Artist Statement

Visual Artist Paul Stretton-Stephens with ALIVE from the Zing Collection

Artist Statement

A self-proclaimed ‘visual addict’, Paul has a penchant for living life to the full. As a military veteran, former physical education instructor, educational leader, mindset coach, and author his influence arises from a diverse palette of life’s experiences.

Self-taught, Paul often says, “I have to give gratitude to Santa Fe for saving my ‘artistic life’! When I arrived in Santa Fe some years ago I liked art, when I left, I left loving art, and life has never been the same since.”

These days Paul believes that his artistic essence stems from arresting movement, light, form, and often, life itself.

Having lived by the coast for most of his life, it’s unsurprising that Paul’s main inspiration arises from a love of coastal life. His travels have added to that inspiration from which he has developed a love of the multi-continent first nation peoples artistic depictions of water flow, rivers, seas, and oceans, along with an abundance of unbounded imagination. He particularly likes to focus upon the relationship between light and movement whether that be big and bold or a snapshot of a microcosm while using colour as an allure. In his digital art, mixed media (textiles), and photography he likes to experiment subtly and occasionally explosively.

Paul has said, "I create art because of the freedom it provides on and off the canvas/screen. Expression is freedom, as is control over one’s time, thoughts, and resources."

Paul’s Care Collection is an homage to all those involved in the care setting be they professionals providing the care or those receiving the care. There’s a relationship here for what may be a short or long period. In that relationship is an exchange of energy and emotion that Paul wanted to recognise and harness in this collection. Whereas his 3-piece Zing Collection provides a platform to allow energy to break free, to interrupt boundaries with vibrant flowing colours and explosive and sometimes subtle directions.

Paul has a love of the abstract and strives to provoke thought, viewed interpretation, and where possible comment. He strives for the same in his photography yet through a very different lens. His main photography focus is all things coastal arising from movement, form, and life. His Coastal Life Collection visibly exhibits these elements.

Paul’s future intention is to continue with his creative endeavours while experimenting with both digital art and photography. He’s delving into the unknown and expecting some spectacular results.

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