stephey baker's five step
look to nature
begin to notice
choose a beauty
observe & learn
unearth an insight
Hello, I’m a botanical artist and teacher, Stephey Baker.
I started formally studying art when I was 14 years old, in what is typically referred to as the “classical greek method”. It focuses on solely drawing from life rather than photos.
Every drawing for me begins in nature, observing, recording, studying the plant and the various techniques needed to draw or paint its portrait. The truth is, I spend more time imagining the life within what I am drawing and striving to feel and know that life, than I do the actual act of drawing.
Though I started my artistic journey formally and frequently take classes from master artists I respect to increase my skills, I consider myself a ‘self-taught’ artist. It’s because I’ve spent more time painting, drawing, and exploring various mediums such as pen and ink, block printing and even fabric painting in solitude than in a formal class. I’ve learned in order to tend to the artist within me, I need only invest in three things, a blank piece of paper, curiosity and time.
I believe anyone can learn to draw. After all, drawing is merely marks on paper. But to draw the courage from within to make that first mark on paper, to command the marks you make, to achieve consistent deliberate results—this is what takes time, practice and patience—I’m definitely still working on it!
When our eyes are graced with wonder, (nature) reveals its wonders to us.—John O'Donhue
Receive inspiration, creative insight, and artistic tips inspired by nature + gain access to Inside The Studio —it’s a free private space—think virtual studio.
I created it with the idea that if we were to meet in person, I’d no doubt invite you into my studio where we’d share a coffee (herbal teas available too), a few snacks, lots of meaningful conversation about art, nature and our creative processes.
Though I share an in-depth look into my creative process + offer short creative tutorials, I want to learn about your creative projects! What are you painting? Drawing? Writing? Or even Quilting?
Come join me and experience an enchanted world inspired by nature and marked by the muse!