About Stephen Powell

Stephen Powell with sedated White Rhinoceros

Just sedated! This rhino very aggressive and was posing a risk to the other rhinos on the reserve. We were called in to help load him onto a trailer to move him to another reserve. I was in Wildlife Artist heaven!

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

Zebra Watercolour painting by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist

Zebra Watercolour painting by Stephen Powell

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.

African Elephant Oil painting by Stephen Powell Makalali Game Reserve South Africa

African Elephant Oil painting - Makalali Game Reserve South Africa

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.

Waterfall Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

Waterfall Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

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!

Lilac-brested Roller Photograph by Stepehn Powell

Lilac-brested Roller

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.

Giraffe Sunset taken on Steve Morvell & Stephen Powell African Residential Workshop 2010

Giraffe Sunset taken on Steve Morvell & Stephen Powell African Residential Workshop 2010


Lake Pedder Morning

Lake Pedder Morning

Bengal-Tiger Painting by Stephen Powell

Bengal Tiger Painting by Stephen Powell.

Follow this link to work in progress images


45 Responses to About Stephen Powell

  1. Hisayo Inamori says:

    Good job! Thank you!

  2. What is the latest environmental news today?.–

    • admin says:

      Hi Kayla:
      I’ve been very busy so my blogging has suffered. Today I walked through a local forest and listened to Lyrebirds – They are incredible mimics their songs include all the songs of the birds in their part of the bush. They have been recorded using 56 different sounds and bird songs in just 180 seconds. They include the sound of man also if they are in built up areas. Wood chopping, chain saws, gates closing camera shutters and pumps. My favorite story is one that incorporates the sounds of a flute picked up from a local girl practicing. Would love to hear it!
      I laugh every time I hear them sing. It’s wonderful!

      Stephen Powell

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    Environmental news these days are not so good, oil spills, oil leakages, etc.’`”

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  12. Hi Stephen

    I am writing to you to firstly say how much we absolutely love your work! You are so incredibly talented and your pieces are stunning!

    Lawyers for Animals dedicate their spare time free of charge and are currently seeking pieces by Victorian artists to raise funds to help them keep fighting to protect animals in Australia (Pls see below details of what Lawyers for Animals do).

    They will be holding an auction for donated works (date and venue still to be confirmed) and will be inviting some of Victoria’s most influential business people. I am coordinating this auction for these amazing and dedicated lawyers who give up so much of their precious spare time for our beautiful animals.

    We are wondering if you would be so kind as to consider donating one of your beautiful pieces to this auction?

    Not only would you be ensuring your name is being spread to these people and the media as a talent to be taken note of, but you will be helping these amazing lawyers who dedicate their spare time to changing laws to ensure our beautiful animal friends don’t suffer silently and needlessly as they currently do.

    Thank you for your time Stephen and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    For the animals

    Jaylene Musgrave
    Vegan Warriors
    Director – Farm Animal Rescue Australia
    “Nominee – Pride of Australia Medal 2010”
    0448 310640

    Classed as property, animals have no legal voice: they need lawyers to advocate for them.

    Lawyers for Animals is a volunteer-based organisation in Melbourne that is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals through education and law.


    • I receive numerous requests for donations of my paintings to raise funds for a wide range of worthy causes. I have a number of organisations that I support and unfortunately I can’t add any more.
      Thank you for your comments about my work.


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  16. Maya Brooks says:

    when i look at environmental news these days, they are not always good*’;

  17. Track says:

    certainly, the environmental news theses days are not so good but there are other good news too like opening of new forest reserves “*’

  18. Britty 000077 says:

    Hey Steve umm i was just wondering if you could give me your birthday and about your family life. Plus where you have lived and where you have travelled with your art . Its a little creepy but dont worry its for a school assignment because i really liked your work and just love african animals. Thanks so much and by the way i need you to send me this by march the 20th cause thats when my assignment is due in

    • Hi Britty:
      Not sure what information you need! There is more detail on my web site. I am 58 years old married with two adult boys. I live in Melbourne Australia. Details of my recent travels are available on my web site and through the blog. I am reluctant to add more detailed information as I have already had one ‘gentleman’ use my identity to commit fraud in the US.

      Stephen Powell

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