Wildlife Artist, Photographer, Tutor, Motivator & Web page Designer:
Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues were frequently seen in newspapers and newsletters. the love of wildlife and the need for illustrations for news letters lead to an artistic future. After a management career in the ceramic industry for 20 years Steve set his sights on an artistic future. 25 years had elapsed since he last attended High School Art classes and the first step was VCE. The first year of his artistic career resulted in, distinctions in VCE Studio Art, a proposal from a leading publisher for an illustrated book and the sale of his first Wildlife paintings. This rapid rise continued with his
sketches appearing in books, graphic displays, numerous environmental news letters and 1999 R.S.P.C.A. calendar and an 8 page feature in ‘The Artist’s Palette Magazine’ has show cased his work. His originals and prints appear in local and international collections.
Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Phillips
Oil: with the inspiring artist Krystii Melaine.
Drawing and field sketching: with the sensational artist Steve Morvell
and through detailed study of the Wildlife and its environment.
Stephen has served as Secretary and committee member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Inc.
Stephen is a regular tutor at: Mitchell & Murrumbidgee School of Arts Summer & Winter Schools. (Previously run by Charles Sturt University at Bathurst & Wagga )
McGregor Schools – University of Southern Queensland.
A realist wildlife artist whose images are sometimes misinterpreted as a copy of a single photograph. They often in fact, a collage that combines a collection of images of the creature and its environment. Guided by his wildlife experiences and observations. Aiming to portray some of the essence of the creature, some sense of what draws him to them and the magic of a wild encounter. Painted to give others the opportunity to experience whatever it is that make him smile, laugh, gasp look in awe,….
Some people don’t fully understand or appreciate the works or are moved by them. As there are people, who have walk through a forest or a magnificent gorge and don’t hear the birds, frogs or the wind, not see the tiny lizards or flowers they just march through and move on to the next stop on a tour. On the other hand many others have stopped looked at the work, smiled and even gasped not only at the work but have seen or wish they had seen and experienced what the work portrayed. His images are for them!
For Steve the journey and heightened experience that results from really looking, seeking and being inspired is time well spent. The work may be the physical output of his experiances but he would do it without the product at the end!
He took up photography when he was 18. First with film, taking, processing and manipulating his own shots and now with digital and computer editing. His photographic skill is evident in his shots of wildlife and the places he visits. Capturing the light and the magic of his experiences.
He is in demand for public speaking engagements. Presentations on wildlife art, photography, wildlife, travel and reference gathering adventures. A speaker who combines his paintings, photographs, his life, skills and experiences into a powerful motivational presentation.
2010 saw the first Steve Morvell & Stephen Powell African Wildlife Art Residential Workshop. This very successful trip is to be followed up in 2012 by the Steve Morvell & Stephen Powell Artist Guided African Safari. Driven by the success of the first trip the possibility of a second 2012 trip is anticipated.
Follow this link to work in progress images