My Intro To Art: Stephanie Stopka

Steve: So what kind of art do you do?

Stephanie: I’ve always had an interest in all types of art. Ever since I was little, I was always creating – coloring, drawing, sculpting, painting. As I grew older, I focused on my drawing a lot more to tighten my skills, especially with realism. As a teen, I was an avid drawer and painter (I love watercolors the most probably), made lots of original jewelry and crafts/small handmade items, taught myself graphic design and web design, and loved doing photography. I was sure I wanted to be a graphic designer or photographer one day. In college, I honed my photography skills, worked on more larger and mixed-media pieces and learned more about ceramics. I feel like this is a really broad answer, but I really just love all art!

Steve: At what age did you start doing your art? 

Stephanie: I came out of the womb living and breathing art lol. I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t interested in viewing, understanding, and making art. I remember my first art contest was in Kindergarten and I won 1st place for a sculpture that I made of myself lol. It was very abstract haha. I am really lucky because my family facilitated my interest in art from the beginning and always supported me.

Steve: How active are you with your art currently?  

Stephanie: Currently most of my art is through photography but due to recent life events, I haven’t been putting anything out there for others to view lately.  

Steve: Is there a place online where people can see your art? 

Stephanie: Currently, unfortunately no. I haven’t updated my Instagram in about 2 years and that was the last place I was posting.

Steve: Since there is no place online where people can see your art, do you plan to showcase it online sometime in the future? 

Stephanie: No plans at this time, it really just depends on how I’m feeling. When I have a lot of stress or depression, I don’t feel very creative. In my adult life, this is something I have struggled greatly with, due to many different factors, some I can control and some I cannot. I really miss making art all the time, but lately I am never satisfied if I can’t put my full focus into it.

Steve: Regardless of how active that you currently are with your art, what do you hope to accomplish?  I hope to be making art again more in the near future. In the meantime, I wish to continue to learn about and support other fellow artists.

Steve: Any advice for your fellow artists? Just keep doing you, continue to be confident in your work and know there are many of us out here who support and admire your creativity and vulnerability.

Thank you for this opportunity. 🙂