Stephen A Jesic
Wildlife Artist – Acrylic
Stephen was born in Albury in 1951. He showed artistic talent from his youth. Due to parental influence, he worked as an Electronics Service Engineer, in the fields of Industrial, Bio-Research, and Bio-Medical Instrumentation. 1970 – 1982 he began private study in painting, working with 3 successful artists, whilst refining his interest in the observation of landscape, fauna and flora.
1983 was a major turning point when Stephen became a full time painter. Since then, his work has been exhibited extensively and he has excelled for his extraordinary depictions of wildlife and for his phenomenal technique in bringing animals to life.
Stephen’s early work was in oil. However, his scientific background enabled him to develop innovative techniques in the use of acrylic paints. This paint allowed him to achieved the finest details in his work. He has lectured and written about acrylic painting techniques. Matisse Derivan, producer of acrylic paints, are using his images of exotic macaws in the packaging of their Primary Colour Set of Acrylics, soon to be released in the United States.
In 1990 Stephen’s painting “Rosella’s Revenge” was a finalist in the $50,000 James Hardie “Wildlife Art Prize” and included in a national tour. Since that time, Stephen has developed a link between preservation of endangered species and has concentrated solely on the depiction of wildlife. Stephen studies his subjects intensely before painting them as individual portraits in their natural habitats.