Artist Biography: Stefanie Lynn Hendra was born in Staten Island N.Y. and grew up in Brooklyn and Pennsylvania. Art has always been an influence in her life. Stefanie studied fine art and photography at Pocono Mountain High School, Northampton Community College and Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. In high school, she studied photography, fashion, tailoring, ceramics and drawing. Before entering college Stefanie took summer courses at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Then she attended Pennsylvania College of Art and Design for Fine Art with a focus on photography. Due to her high-risk pregnancy with twins, she took time away from college to take care of her family. She enjoyed homeschooling her children and teaching them how to be creative through multiple forms of art. She recently moved to Japan, the Japanese culture has always been an influence in her life since she was young. Stefanie is a military spouse and currently lives in Japan with her husband and two sets of twins. She will be going back to college in 2020 to finish her art degree.
Artist Statement: I am intrigued with vivid colors, photographing peculiar objects and seeing how light affects moods and how the objects take form. I am on a journey with ultraviolet photography and digital photography. My influences are through my fascination with Japanese culture with Maiko style,fashion,film and traveling the world as a military wife.
Digital photography is new to me, I was taught old school photography in the darkroom. What I have learned is digital photography is one more tool for expressing oneself in the arts. Art can be very therapeutic and it enlightens that you are not alone and you can overcome anything in this human condition. We are navigating through this life and sometimes you don’t know where you are on your journey and where you want to go. Try to accept, invite and embrace change.