Johns Island, South Carolina
Stephanie Marzella has been a painter of landscape and
still life since receiving her BFA from the Cleveland Institute
of Art in 1984. She was born and raised outside of
Cleveland, Ohio. In 1988 she moved to Rhode Island.
Profoundly influenced by the “Ocean State” she began to
focus solely on landscape and quiet water. As of 2016
Stephanie has relocated to the thriving arts community of
Charleston, South Carolina where she now resides on Johns
Island. She is inspired by the Low Country and discovering
all it has to offer. The driving forces behind Stephanie’s work
are her love of nature and interpretive use of color.
“I am inspired everyday by my immediate surroundings. I
lived on a tidal cove off Narragansett Bay called Mill Creek
Cove. I was able to watch the tidal changes every day and
the sunset at night. Nature is very spiritual for me. Through
my work I am expressing my emotional response to nature’s
mystery and her constant transitions. By creating mood and
atmosphere in my paintings I hope to awaken these
emotions in the hearts and minds of the viewer.”
Stephanie paints in oils, but has enjoyed many different
media including pastels and acrylics. She enjoys reading and
collecting antique art books and building her reference
library. She has most recently been influenced by George
Inness and the American Tonalists artists of the late 19th
and early 20th century.
Stephanie has participated in numerous solo and group
exhibitions around the country and won many awards. In
2016 she has received The John N. Lewis Memorial Award,
The Emil Carlsen Award and the prestigious Annual
Purchase Prize Award at The Salmagundi Club in New York
City. In 2014 she received The Jurors Choice award from
Peter Trippi the editor and chief of Fine Art Connoisseur
Magazine at Plein Air Easton. She has also been featured in
both PleinAir Magazine and The Pastel Journal Magazine.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American
Women Artists, The American Impressionist Society, The
Salmagundi Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.
Stephanie is represented in Charleston by Reinert Fine Art at
179 King Street.