John Stevens - Watercolors
John Stevens was born and raised in northern Maryland near the Mason Dixon line. An early interest in photography led John to spend much of his youth exploring and photographing the old barns, mills and farm houses that dotted the Maryland- Pennsylvania Mason Dixon region. Primarily self taught , John credits the time spent as a youth photographing and developing pictures in the dark room with helping him develop a strong sence of composition, and a good understanding of dark and light values that are so evident in the watercolors he paints today. A high school drafting class introduced the young student to two and three point perspective, thus forming the final leg in the stool that lead the artist to begin experimenting with drawing and painting. In a recent interview Stevens explained "it is essential for any artist to have a thorough understanding of the subject matter he /she is painting in order to capture the essence of the subject. That's what makes any artist excel, whether he is an actor, a song writer, a novelist or a painter. I enjoy painting, but it is really the subject matter that I am in love with." Stevens work is noted for its uncommon attention to detail, and his ability to pull the viewer into the painting , often leaving the viewer with a sense of deeper understanding about the subject matter. John's work hangs in many corporate and private collections across the United States.
John & Sarah live in a restored 1870 millers house and own historic Nolts Mill in Bird in Hand Pa. The 1770 mill is a local landmark and has been renovated and now serves as a gallery of John and Satrahs work. Located in the heart of the Amish tourism area of Lancaster Pa., a visit to the Nolts mill gallery makes for a great day trip.