BORN IN: Minnesota
STYLE/MEDIUM: Mixed Media Digital Paintings
GREATEST ARTISTIC INSPIRATION: Water
YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 30
STUDIO LOCATION: Prince Frederick, Md.
CONTACT: 410-535-4399; www.harlaneditions.com
MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED PIECE: "Urban Textures" Series
MOST RECENT GALLERY SHOW: Carmen's Gallery, Solomons Island, Md.
Bright, vibrant colors and intricate detail are two characteristics always found in Stephen James Harlan's enticing mixed-media digital work.
"Twilight hour--an hour before the sun sets and an hour after the sun rises--is when the colors are so bright and so vivid, but they don't last long," Harlan says. "The brief moment of those colors is what I try to capture in my paintings. The common response I get from people who purchase nay work is: 'I want to be there; I want to be in that spot.'"
Harlan's subjects range from sailboats and beaches to Southwestern scenes and urban landscapes with much in between. However, water-related renderings are the artist's favorite subjects to paint.
"My studio is right on the Chesapeake Bay, and that's where I find a lot of stimulation for my work," Harlan explains. "Also, my wife and I love to go sailing. I've been sailing since ! was about 15 years old. We travel a lot with our daughters, Danielle and Samantha, to coastal areas, where I see things that I'd like to depict in my art. I'm really fascinated by water."
The start of Harlan's artistic career came unexpectedly when he worked in California for a small production company. He was employed in the graphics department and convinced the company's owner to purchase a computer for design purposes. After learning how to use the design program, Harlan decided he wanted to create an image of a guitar. After finishing the picture, he mailed it to the owners of the graphics programming company. One week later, he received a phone call from the company president saying that there was no possible way he could have created the …