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Artist Advisor Spotlight: Mark Stephenson – Photography’s Golden Boy

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Mark Stephenson Photographer La Quinta Arts Festival 2013 Artist AdvisorArtist Advisor and Photographer Mark Stephenson has been on a roll over the past few years, capturing numerous major awards for his exceptionally specialized photographic works depicting the natural beauty of the Desert Southwest and the iconic specimens and artifacts found there.


A few of Mark Stephenson‘s most recent awards are:

Mark’s home and studio in Sky Valley, Calif. (not far from Palm Springs) sits on six acres of pristine desert–a virtual photographer’s paradise with plenty of wildlife and stunning views of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountains, the first and second tallest peaks in Southern California.

A technical genius, Mark personally performs all the creative aspects and highly methodological processes involved in his work. He even frames the finished art in floater frames he makes himself. The materials and methods utilized produce images of great archival stability. Images will not fade or shift in color noticeable to the human eye for over a hundred years under normal indoor lighting conditions. Very geeky stuff!
(Click to enlarge any of the images below.)

Mark Stephenson Photographer La Quinta Arts Festival 2013 Artist AdvisorMark Stephenson Photographer La Quinta Arts Festival 2013 Artist AdvisorMark Stephenson Photographer La Quinta Arts Festival 2013 Artist Advisor

In creating Stephenson’s recent “Golden Oasis” and “Golden Grasses” series, the photos are inkjet printed over gold metallic gesso on canvas, and glazed with the finest quality varnish, a process than can transform a blade of grass or a sun lit palm front into luminous channels of transparent golden light. You absolutely have to see it to believe it! Go to LQAF’s Online Gallery to view more images of Mark Stephenson’s amazing work.

Where can you find a “Golden Oasis” in the desert? La Quinta Arts Festival!

Artist applications for 2013 are now being accepted through Zapplication, here.

Artist applications received prior to September 1, 2012 will save $15 off the regular $50 application fee.

In addition to La Quinta Arts Festival, Mark is now also a regular exhibitor at the Art Under the Umbrellas series of Saturday art shows held on select Saturdays at Old Town La Quinta, which kicks off LQAF’s 31st season on October 27, 2012.

Purchase tickets for La Quinta Arts Festival,
March 7-10, 2013, here.


connie coates
October 11, 2012, 3:58 pm

Today, Oct, 11, 2012, I bought a pale pink glass bowl with your name etched on the bottom in Santa Fe, N..M. where I live. It was sold at an art co-op sort of business called Hillside Market which has just opened.
Are you a photographer and a glass artist as well?

Hoping for a reply and thank you. Connie Coates