Stevie Jo Lake
Growing up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, Stevie was one of eight
children. As a child, she loved to draw. Stevie’s dad encouraged her
passion in art, asking her to sign her drawings. He often said: “All
artists must sign their works.” Stevie’s family continued to encourage
her to follow her passion.
She earned her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from The University
of Texas. Stevie loved many facets of art; she enjoyed studio
drawing, intaglio printmaking, and photography.
After graduation Stevie apprenticed with Austin artist, Daryl Colburn
for 18 months, where she worked and fell in love with copper. Stevie
says the minute she touched copper everything changed. “Copper is
so malleable, its patinas are breathtaking and it is very accessible.”
Her art expresses itself in the copper that she fashions into pieces
that create her vision.
The vision for Stevie’s work is nearly always drawn from nature. Her
spiritual experiences in nature infuse her creativity allowing her to
turn a sheet of copper into a three-dimensional work of art. As Stevie
did as a young child, she sketches her idea on a piece of paper
before creating each piece of sculpture. This process takes place in
Stevie’s studio, which provides a sacred and safe place to work. She
cherishes her time in her studio.