Accidental Encounters with Magic~ Luxury Art in RSF

By on November 13, 2012

Meet Rancho Santa Fe Artist ~ Stephanie Bell May

“Through painting, living, and exploring how we experience life I have realized, that I am perpetually attracted and captivated by the balance between contradictions and counter parts.  How seemingly polar forces and dualities are interconnected and give rise to each other, define each other, and only exist in relation to one another creating beautiful luxury art”

Encounters With Magic

Encounters With Magic

In my paintings I explore this paradoxical phenomena by using the sublimely complicated figure of man and woman, and simplifying it to a smooth continuous line. I use what seem like diametrically opposed forces such as light and dark, brilliant and morose colors, glossy and bristly textures, translucent and opaque surfaces, and integrate the lines of the body into an enigmatic harmony and cohesion of colors and textures.   Whether the medium be oil on wood, ink on paper, or chili spices and dirt, each piece is a tense dance between the death or the life of each painting. Sometimes I place dark opaque layers that seem to suffocate the life out of it.

Accidental Encounters

Accidental Encounters

Then I will rub or unearth the underlying painting to chance upon a heartbeat.  If there is a pulse, it’s a miracle worth investigating.  With the placement of each layer and or lines, I don’t seek to replace the previous, but rather integrate it to a perfect balance of ambiguity and clarity.  It’s an amorphous journey of intuition that takes on a life of it’s own.   And although I am the creator, I am not in complete control of the outcome. I vie, gamble, and recover with each piece until an inexplicable magic is revealed to me; like an alchemist who has an accidental encounter with magic.” ~ Stephanie Bell May

Born in Mexico City, currently residing in Fairbanks Ranch with her husband and 2 children, Stephanie Bell May is in the midst of a dream world where she creates her magical works of art.

Stephanie discovered her passion for art as a young girl, and even her mother recognized her talent. She amazingly sold her first piece at the young age of 10 years old. Her art teacher submitted one of her creations to The San Diego Museum of Art competition, and she won! Hallmark actually bought the painting…So she was designated to be a paid artist for her natural talent.

Stephanie admits to be inspired by the ocean, and its translucent look and feel which shines through in much of her work. She’s also deeply moved by the notions of Eastern religion depicting yin and yang, dark and light…She feels everything has a balance…Even her work resembles the harmony of this truth.

Having spent time in Mexico City while learning the teachings of world renowned muralists Diego Rivera and Siqueiros, she began to mix paint the way they did and blend the styles of the past and the present to create her work.

Stephanie Bell May

Stephanie Bell May

RSF Magazine: What is the most important thing you’ve learned as an artist?

Stephanie Bell May: I’ve learned that you need to do something a lot…Everyday for your art. It’s what allows you to master your skill, and keep delving deeper into your passion. So much is discovered through this process. I call it accidental encounters with magic. Eventually, the piece begins to transform and take on a life of its own. It’s beautiful. Truly magical.



About Jacqueline Maddison

Jacqueline Maddison is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rancho Santa Fe Magazine. She believes in shining light on the best of the best in life. She welcomes you into the world of the ultimate luxury lifestyle.

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