Stephanie Holznecht

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I grew up in England. When I was 18 I came to the United States with my family. My father was transferred here by the Parker Pen Company in Janesville Wisconsin. The emotions provoked by my English upbringing still influence my artwork to this day.

I graduated university with a BA in graphic design and fine art. I then worked for ten years in total as a graphic designer at the Parker Pen Company and an art director at Panoramic Inc., a packaging compnay.

My studio is located at our second home in Door County, Wisconsin. I spend half my time in northern Wisconsin, where my studio is, and half my time in Janesville, southern Wisconsin. My times spent in my studio are the most precious of all. It is where I go to be free of all worldly worries and to just let my emotions take flight as I paint.

As an abstract artist I view the world from a different perspective. Everything I see and hear is a possible inspiration for a painting. Sometimes the emotions I feel are happy, sometimes sad. It depends on the situations and environments in which I find myself. So many sensations are evoked by the smallest of details. The world becomes overwhelming with everything my mind has to process. Painting allows me to pour these feelings out onto the canvas. It releases the pressure that builds up over the hours and days in-between picking up a paintbrush. It becomes my quiet time, where I can relax and just enjoy the moment.

Abstract art has become a way of life for me. It rules the images I see as I go through my daily life, provoking thoughts for my next painting and feeding off of my emotions for that day. The inspiration that I take from experiencing life creates a feeling that continues to inspire me. I don't think, as an artist, that is something I could ever lose.