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Artist Bio

Stephanie Bagwell is originally from Jupiter, Florida. Around the age of 6 years old her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she spent her days catching crawdads in the creek and fishing in the marsh across the street. Growing up on Pages Creek gave her a deep appreciation and understanding for the ocean at a young age. She and her brother would walk the shoreline as far as the eye could see, until the sun went down. As she got older she took on more saltwater hobbies like surfing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. When she was in high school she joined the surf club and that's when she found a deep appreciation for the arts. 

Stephanie later graduated from The University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010, with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She was recognized with several awards for her ceramic sculptures during those formative years. Upon graduation, she ventured to Atlanta and entered the corporate world. Art never left her soul and neither did her love for the ocean. Several years into climbing the corporate ladder, she made the choice to move back to North Carolina and pursue art full time. She was a painting instructor for 6 years in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaching a variety of class levels. Now that she no longer teaches, she offers commissions and artistic services locally and nationally. She was recently published as a featured artist for Wilmington Business Journal's Book on Business and she has a collection of new mixed media coastal works being featured in various galleries.

"My inspiration usually comes from my muddy childhood of living on the marsh. I love creating these large coastal pieces and allowing my intuition to guide me. I work with mixed media, adding texture, and having each piece reflect my mood or a fond memory. Drips and large splashes are the perfect way to counter all of the fine tuned details that I put into my portrait work and commissions.   

 It is always a pleasure working with business owners and designers to create paintings that compliment the aesthetic of a room. I am inspired by design elements and modern colors, but I never lose sight of my own creative expression."

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