Adventure in Italy: “It changed my life”

These two photos were taken nearly 20 years ago on my very first trip to Italy. It was my first trip out of the country, and it changed my life. My greatest education has been — and remains — travel. It was while traveling that I got the burning desire to make beautiful photos. I finally went back to school at 27 to study photography. I had a professor who urged his students to take an art class because it “teaches you to see.” On his encouragement (and to fulfill a deep desire inside me), I took that art class and never looked back. I knew then I was a painter.

About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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