In a world moving quickly into the future, Stephen Harlan has established his own unique style of digital painting. Harlan does not work from photos, each piece of art in his collection is “visioned” and shaped in Stephen’s mind, then meticulously rendered with an eye to “color and contrast” to create a magical mood – suspended in time…in space…all from his imagination.
Born in rural Minnesota, Harlan relocated with his family to Florida when he was in grade school, which inspired his love of the water having spent many days sailing into the sunset on his catamaran.
Investigating the uniqueness of harbors and sunsets became a passion and his nautical focus continues to grow deeper every day, with the ever-ending inspiration that comes from carefully observing the sea and the water in all of their contrasts.
Harlan is best known for his bright, bold artwork and for his dramatic reflections and shadows. His paintings powerfully draw the viewer into a breathtaking scene, most often, along the coastal waters. You will often hear his collectors say, “I wish I could be there”. Having traveled and lived in many beautiful locations, Harlan has a lifetime of vivid memories from which to draw on as he creates each unique painting.