Meet Stephanie Han, an artist fascinated by the natural world. Her paintings and drawings are inspired by nature, working with fluid, and organic forms. Her goal as an artist is to never stop growing and exploring, and staying true to herself.
Read her story below
How’d you get your start?
My affinity for art was evident from a very young age; I’d always be drawing on whatever scraps of paper I could find. But pursuing an artistic career wasn’t always a given. My parents didn’t feel an artistic career would provide me with a stable enough future, so I got into illustration because I could tell them that it was “commercial” art. I have a BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY, and I’ve been working as a graphic designer and artist for the past 20+ years.
I started painting cats after I decided to be a vendor at CatCon, LA back in 2015. As a lifelong cat lover, I’m not sure why I never made much cat art before then. Now it’s a big part of my repertoire and it’s connected me to so many other cat and animal lovers. This led me to create a collection of rescued dog portraits as well, and that’s how the “Best Friends” series was born.
I’ve learned over the years that inspiration can come from anywhere.
Describe your day at home or in your workspace?
On the days I work my part time design job, I’m at the home office with my computer from 7-4. On my studio days I try to get into my downtown studio around 9-10am and will work anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on what projects are going on. I’m a very organized person, and while my studio can get a little cluttered in the midst of a project, I always like to tidy it up as soon as I can.
If you could move to any other place in this or any universe where would you go?
I’d just love to go back to pre-pandemic Long Beach, because that was pretty great, but maybe I should say something like Planet Vulcan because I always thought Mr. Spock was hot and they’re all vegetarians, haha.
Describe your perfect day out and about locally.
(Post Covid) Since I live near Retro Row things are very 4th St-centric: I’d grab a coffee from either Portfolio or Coffee Drunk, and peruse the selection at Gusto Bread for an accompaniment. My husband and I’d set out for a walk or bike ride by the beach. We’d browse the wares at Page Against the Machine and Marida. Dinner would be from one of these places: Sura, Little Coyote Pizza, Lola’s Mexican Food, The Hip Pea, or Nomad Asian Bistro. We’d also get some booze from Elinor or Alex’s Bar.