Paint Annapolis is on the way! Learn more about the juried artists and get yourself ready for this historic Plein air painting festival. 

We’re excited to welcome Stephen Haynes from Irwin, Pennsylvania as a juried artist for Paint Annapolis 2022! Stephen Haynes is a self-taught painter currently living in the greater Pittsburgh area.

(Above) Stephen Haynes

A lifelong artist, Stephen spent his formative school years among the beaches of southern California, and summers in the mountains of West Virginia. This divided time gave him a diverse outlook and an immense love of the outdoors.

“Little Houses,” oil, by Stephen Haynes

Through the use of thickly applied oil paints and highly saturated colors, I make images that evoke different reactions in the viewer based on proximity.

– Stephen Haynes

Showing his work publicly for over 20 years, Haynes has tried his hand at most art forms at one time or another. In his current work, the artist uses vibrant oil colors, mixed on the canvas, to convey light, shadow and form through thick impasto brushwork, evoking movement and abstract qualities.

“Morning Marina” oil, by Stephen Haynes

At a distance, the paintings reveal the subject, often simple or overlooked scenes, in an impressionistic way. As one moves closer to the canvas, the images deteriorate into a morass of tactile, impasto topography. This interplay of interior illusion and exterior paint is absolute magic.

Stephen Haynes

Stephen graduated with an Associates Degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2001 and currently lives with his wife, their two children and two dogs in a faded blue house east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Glow,” oil, by Stephen Haynes

Learn more about Stephen and read more of his experiences with Plein Air Painting and shows on his website here.

Join Stephen for this year’s Paint Annapolis plein air festival and register to participate as a public artist. Learn more at paintannapolis.org

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