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Masters of the past and artists of the present use techniques to create images that please, relax and inspire us in a very personal and unique way. Stephen Harlan has established his own style creating images and places that we would like to be, whether it be on a white sandy beach or the bow of a sailboat at sunset.
Stephen was born in Minnesota and his childhood memories are filled with thoughts of family, friends and the activities that kept the soul alive during the long winter months. His family relocated to Ft. Myers Florida when Steve was still in grade school His love for the water began at this early age where he spent many days (literally) sailing into the sunset on his catamaran. His love of the water, reflection and brilliant colors are seen in all of his work.
In the early 80's, Steve relocated just outside Washington, DC, where he now produces images in his studio overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Often when painting on a cold winter's day Stephen will "step into" the painting and feel the sand on the beach, the aroma of the salty spray and for that moment, the bright sunshine will warm his soul.
He currently resides and works in Prince Frederick, Maryland with his wife Martha and daughters Danielle and Samantha where he produces work as prints both on canvas and paper.