Piece description from the artist
This island off the coast of Rockport and Gloucester Ma. has been a subject for artists for generations. In this version of Thacher Island the wave is made of actually used paint brushes that have been chopped up and adhered to the surface and painted.
Stefan Mierz was born in Lowell, MA in 1978. His family moved to the art colony, Rockport, MA, when he was two years old. His interest in drawing and painting was apparent at an early age. Encouraged by family members and school teachers, Stefan continued painting and was given oil paints at the at age of 15. Imaginative landscapes were the main subject of his early works.
Stefan attended Johnson State College in Johnson, VT and majored in fine art with a focus on oil and acrylic painting. After five years in the mountains, the call of the ocean air brought him back to Rockport, MA where he resides today. Stefan finds the outdoors energizing and likes to spend his free time in the day hiking around the beautiful beaches and wilderness areas around Cape Ann.
Stefan's paintings often contain archetype symbols of nature, the city, technology and the human body. Bold, bright contrasting colors separated by dark lines make many compare his paintings to stained glass. Other works are almost purely pointillist. Always seeking to explore new ideas and design concepts, each new painting often looks very different from the one before it.