Setting Sail
24 x 36 in.
Oil on linen
On view in Spotlight on American Women Artists at J. M. Stringer Gallery of Art in Vero Beach, Florida, from November 1-24, 2018.

Stephanie Amato is a featured artist in the upcoming show Spotlight on American Women Artists, held at J. M. Stringer Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 1, 4-8pm.

Known among her peers as a plein air painter, Stephanie, when asked about her art, will describe herself as “an Alla Prima Artist, capturing life as it happens”.

Stephanie entered the Illustration program at Parsons School of Design in New York City and continued her training at Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Art Students League in Manhattan. During her education, Stephanie also obtained a degree as a Graphic Designer which has given her the knowledge to create work that is strong in both concept and design.

Drawing and painting for well over 25 years, Stephanie first focused on pastels and moved toward oil painting midway in her career. She is an advocate for creating art from life and her work reflects this in many ways.

“I am a purist, and direct observation is the only way I can capture the energy of my subject. My work is representational, with an impressionistic style, using painterly brushstrokes and subtle color and light shifts.”

For part of her work in the upcoming exhibition Spotlight on American Women Artists, Stephanie set out to the shorelines of Savannah, Georgia, and Vero Beach, Florida, to create a series of paintings capturing the idyllic and serene landscapes of these southern towns. Included are also scenes from the Blue Ridge Mountains which were created during the Cashiers Plein Air Invitational, where she received Third Place for her painting Camp Waterlilies.

Stephanie is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and The Pastel Society of New Jersey, Resident Member of the Salmagundi Club, Artist Member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta and Oil Painters of America and past President of the New Jersey Plein Air Painters. She has participated in many juried and invitational art events such as Olmsted Plein Air, En Plein Air Texas and Plein Air Easton, has been recognized nationally receiving numerous awards, and has been a featured artist in publications such as PleinAir Magazine, American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, and Southwest Art Magazine.

To learn more about Stephanie Amato visit her website. Her work is available at J. M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida. To be among the first to view new works you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.