Florida Artists Group

  Area IV Member

  Stephen Schatz— Painter

Stephen Schatz
Ann 30 x24
Stephen Schatz 
Jamie 36x30

 Stephen Schatz
Stephen Schatz
Tyler and Natalie 36x30
Stephen Schatz
Rachel #3 36x30

FLAG Positions Served:

Stephen's Biography:
       Stephen Schatz grew up in rural Albany, Georgia and earned his Master’s degree in painting from Florida State University in 1968. Later studies included lengthy stays in New York at the Arts Student League and various academies in Paris. In 1986 he returned again to Albany, Georgia to accept a teaching position at Albany State University, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. He now lives and works in New Port Richey, Florida. He has exhibited in numerous group and one-man shows. Since his relocation to the Tampa Bay area he continues to paint and enjoys teaching online classes in Art History and Art Appreciation for St. Petersburg College. He also teaches a painting class at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, Florida.


Artist Statement
     My work is an attempt to depict the multitude of feelings and sensations encountered in nature. The mystery and drama of each human presence and landscape is the catalyst for all of my paintings. I work directly from life using oil paint. My technique involves numerous layers: a piling on and a taking off of paint until I get the result that I want. Sometimes this involves several sessions or a single session. Either way my main intent is to bring life to the painting.

Exhibits and Awards:

Scholarship student: Robert Beverly Hale, Teacher of Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing
Arts Student League, New York, New York                                                                                              1978 - 1980

Individual Artist Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts                                                                    1988, 1991, 1995

Mayfair by the Lake, Lakeland, Florida, Polk Museum of Art Purchase Award                                           2004

Palm Harbor Art Show, Palm Harbor, Florida, Award of Distinction                                                            2005

Out of the Blue, Clearwater, Florida Award of Merit                                                                                          2005

Gasparilla Fine Arts Festival, Tampa, Florida, Award of Merit                                                            2007, 2010

Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida, Award of Merit                                                           2008, 2011

Florida Artists Group 2012 Symposium & Exhibtion at the Ringling School of Art and Design -
Blick Art Suppllies Award