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Steve Jesic Wins International Award

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Australian AFC artist, Stephen Jesic recently won International Artist Magazine's Grand Prize for wildlife and was lauded with feature articles in both International Artist and American Art Collector Magazines.

International Artist Magazine celebrates artists who demonstrate a high level of artistic talent and dedication to a specific medium and subject.

While his early work was in oils, beginning around 1984 Stephen began experimenting with acrylic media. His scientific background enabled him to develop innovative techniques in their use, allowing him to render the finest detail, while at the same time suggesting an atmospheric setting for his subjects. He has lectured and written about his acrylic painting techniques, which have been featured in such prominent magazines as Australian Artist Magazine and The Artist's Palette.

Another key milestone in his career occurred in 1990 when he entered his first major acrylic conservation-based painting, Rosella's Revenge, in the $50,000 "Wildlife Art Prize" competition sponsored by James Hardie Industries. The painting was selected as a finalist and included in the national tour of the exhibition. The focus of Stephen's painting soon became the link between conservation and the preservation of endangered species and since that time he has concentrated solely on the depiction of wildlife. Like the great naturalists-artists of the past, Stephen studies his subjects intensely, and his paintings are as much individual portraits as they are scientific representations of the species seen in their ever-decreasing native habitats.

Visit Stephen's website to learn more.

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