A couple of weeks ago, I opened my email to this:
Dear Stephanie Peters,
These paintings are so expressive and beautiful, filled with such movement!
I loved their choice of using a limited palette that reminded them of snowstorms, creating a "brrr" feeling.
It was such a wonderful surprise (and an honor) to see another class inspired by my work.
Perhaps, though, the bigger gift here for me, is to see the passion I put into my work finding it's way back to me through the work of others. These future artists shared with me something truly amazing - they reminded me of why I do this. I create to inspire... and somehow through the world of the internet, I got to help inspire beautiful paintings of snowstorms, more than 5000 miles away.
I hope it is the start of something big for them. I hope they continue painting, continue expressing themselves, continue to be creative, throughout their lives.
Oh they didn't just paint snowstorms, they painted tornadoes too, inspired by an artist named Shawn Selders.
How cool is that?
Awhile back, Hannah Crawford-Moody, an elementary school teacher in the UK, emailed me about a class project she did with her students. Their project was about Natural Disasters and they used my paintings on natural disasters as inspiration. The students used a mixture of paint and glue with string, sponges, spatulas, and their fingers to create the various textures and effects they wanted, in their paintings. The teacher was kind of enough to share with me a few of their amazing works of art hung up on the wall...
Not only was I so impressed by their use of texture, expression and shapes, the colors they used were dead on to capture the essence of disasters.
It was incredible to receive this kind of response to my work, and is the reason artists do what they do -- to inspire creativity and feeling in others for generations to come. At least -- that's why I am here painting.