Stephen Fletcher: Wilderness Songs is a solo exhibition featuring a series of paintings portraying stories of life, love, loss, humor and tragedy in the mountains.
It seems as long as I have been involved in the arts, I have been chasing the mysteries of light and shadow. Light has always intrigued me in the way it lands, bends and reflects on water, objects, animals and people. In my paintings I incorporate mood as well as a sense of place and time in contrasting shapes, colors, light and shadow. Ever since I was young I have had a fascination with the Adirondack region and its inhabitants. Therefor many of my works involve the many subjects within. In each piece I like to tell a tale in which the viewer can develop their own story. I work within my moods. My paintings may reflect my political views, regional assumptions, religion or anything that peeks my imagination. I like to reflect the sad, heartfelt, sarcastic, tragic, disturbing and sometimes humorous life and times in the mountains. I sincerely hope that in viewing my work, each person can bring away with them a feeling and a mental image of a tale that effected them in some way.
Born in 1967 in Utica, New York, Stephen T. Fletcher is a notable force in this generations Adirondack art scene. Fletcher started painting in oils at a very young age with the influence of his mother who was a hobby artist. He studied Commercial Art, Advertising and Design and Later attended Munson Williams Proctor art Institute for fine arts. At Munson Williams Proctor he learned technique and color theory. He ran an open studio helping other students with color theory and painting. After attending taught classes for several years he went on to explore independent studies. Fletcher delved deep into the design, color, and theory of such artists as Rembrandt, Hopper, Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, Salvador Dali and many more, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary of style, contrast, color, and sense of place and time.
Fletcher's work has won numerous awards and can be found in a myriad of public places and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions. He currently lives and creates his paintings in Forestport, New York.