Stephanie started working with colored pencils early in 1999, experimenting at home drawing flowers and birds. In 2001, while taking classes at the LaGrange Art League with Phyllis DeSio to hone her skills using colored pencils, an abstract style started to emerge in her artwork.
In 2002, Stephanie began working with water based oil paints. Throughout the years she has taken oil painting classes at LaGrange Art League under the tutelage of Phyllis DeSio, Sally Salvato, Jacque France, Jim Swanson and Laureen Dunne, at DuPage Art League with Marge Hall, at Oak Park Art League with Rick Smith, and at McCord Gallery and Cultural Center with Liz Wall. In 2012, she delved into silk painting with Karen Snow at the LaGrange Art League.
In 2008 Stephanie was commissioned to create artwork for the Symmetry Hair Salon located in LaGrange Park, Il. The salon’s owner wanted a metallic look in the paintings, and, while researching what type of medium to use, she found fluid acrylics to have the metallic colors she needed that were suitable for fine art. Since then, Stephanie has discovered that she loves working with this medium.
Currently, Stephanie is an instructor at the LaGrange Art League teaching her method of creating abstract art using the "pour" technique using fluid acrylics. She also demonstrates this technique at various art leagues throughout the Chicago area.
Elmhurst Artists' Guild member, 2017-present
LaGrange Art League member, 2000-present
President - LaGrange Art League, 2013-2016
Vice-President - LaGrange Art League, 2011-2013
Gallery Chairperson - LaGrange Art League, 2001-2009
Alliance of Fine Art - Assistant Director for two years and a LaGrange Art League delegate for four years
Former Member of DuPage Art League, Naperville Art League, McCord Gallery and the Colored Pencil Society