Arizona native Stephanie Campos showed an interest in drawing at a young age. Her kindergarten teacher was first to notice her natural talent for detail. At 13, she began creating realistic portraits in pastel, oil, and acrylics.
“With photographic reference, I challenged myself to place features as correctly as I could. It was tedious yet intriguing and consequently became my life-long passion. Over the course of time, charcoal became my tool of preference. I appreciate the contrasting range of light and dark tonal values of this medium. My work, which is centered mainly on Native Americans living in the time of the Old West, was Initially inspired by artist R. Brownell McGrew.”
“I love studying a face. There is information to be gathered, especially from the eyes and mouth. Personality, mood, and emotion also add to the varying degrees of facial expression. In my endeavor to render a likeness, I find there is never a formula to follow to shortcut my way through. Shadows and highlights continually change, reflect, and shift through movement. While I enjoy the study and examination process, I also like to scan faces for hints of the heart.”
Current Exhibits: Desert Caballeros Western Museum, "Cowgirl Up! The Other Half of the West,” Wickenburg, AZ (People’s Choice Award / 1st Place 2D, 2019) Phippen Museum, "Miniature Masterpieces," Prescott, AZ