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Eric Price (2019) asked Stephanie Deshpande (1999) some questions to share with you...

What role does experimentation play in your artistic development?


Experimentation plays a significant role in my artistic development. Though my approach may appear subtle, I consistently challenge myself to explore new techniques and perspectives. While I typically favor a loose painting style, I sometimes strive to render intricate details to broaden my skills. I have also played with thicker brush strokes and textured paint. This openness to experimentation has led to notable shifts in my color palette over time, from warm tones to a prevalence of blues. By allowing my paintings to guide me and embracing uncertainty, I continue to evolve as an artist.


What painting might people be surprised to find you adore?


While it’s well-known that Zoey Frank’s art is beloved by many, my personal admiration for all her work runs deep. Despite typically gravitating towards classical realism, I find Frank’s exploration of abstraction in this piece captivating. What truly fascinates me about ‘Pinging Pool Party’ is its ability to simultaneously embody ultra-realism and abstract concepts. Each viewing unveils new layers of detail and meaning, inviting endless contemplation. Frank’s masterful blend of the two styles makes this painting a truly extraordinary experience, one that I hold in the highest regard for its sheer genius.

The Bonfire, Oil on Linen, 24" x 30"


 You’re organizing a dinner party. Which three artists, dead or alive, do you invite?    


I'd like to invite three remarkable artists from history: Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. While I admire many other historic artists, these three women broke barriers and left an indelible mark on the art world despite the limitations they faced as women. I'm particularly curious to hear about their experiences and challenges in a male-dominated profession. Their stories are not only fascinating but also offer valuable insights into perseverance and creativity.


To the Party, Oil on Panel, 12" x 9"

What's happening in your studio right now?


At the moment, I’m engrossed in a painting featuring antique wax seals and books in my studio. It’s proving to be quite challenging, which means it progresses is a bit slower than I’d like. Every week or so, I set it aside temporarily to tackle a smaller floral painting for a change of pace.



If your artwork could talk, what do you think it would say about you?


If my artwork could speak, it would express my deep appreciation for the beauty found in the intricate details of life, from the delicate petals of flowers to the timeless allure of antique objects. Delving into the mysteries of human psychology and the complexities of the human experience also fascinates me. My art reveals my curiosity, introspection, and a desire to evoke emotions. Ultimately, my passion is to capture life’s richness and invite others to explore and discover with me.


If your artwork had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?


If my artwork had a soundtrack, it would be a mix of eclectic sounds that mirror the diverse emotions and atmospheres within my pieces. I love the dreamy vibes of Gus Dapperton's 'Moodna, Once with Grace' mingling with the laid-back nostalgia of No Vacation's 'Days.' Hector Gachan's 'Really Something' adds a touch of introspection, while Waldexk's 'Get Up...Carmen' injects energy and rhythm into the mix. 'La Niña del Volcan' by YoSoyMatt, Eva de Marco, Polocorp, and 'Tango Del Fuego' by Parov Stelar bring passion and intensity, weaving a narrative of intrigue and allure. Henry Mancini's 'Lujon' adds a cinematic elegance, transporting listeners to another era, while 'Lovefool' by No Vacation infuses a playful yet melancholic air.


Together, these songs create a dynamic experience, enhancing my artwork with their melodies and rhythms.



Fireside Kiss, Oil on Linen, 18" x 24"

How does your cultural background or personal experiences influence your art?


My upbringing played a significant role in shaping my art. While I had a happy childhood, the evolution from being raised in a Catholic to adopting an agnostic perspective has quietly influenced my work. This transition prompted a deep questioning of the values instilled in me and what it means to live a virtuous life.


I depict characters exploring themes such as introspection, existential questions, and personal truth. These figures, often shown in contemplative moments, reflect my own journey of self-discovery as I aim to capture the complexity of humanity on canvas. My art invites viewers to question, search, and find resonance within themselves.


The Messages, Oil on Panel, 11" x 14"


Can you share a challenging moment in your artistic journey and how you overcame it?


One challenge I've encountered in my artistic journey is balancing my passion for art with my other interests. While painting holds a special place in my heart, I'm equally drawn to pursuits like making miniatures, collecting antique seals, gardening, writing a novel, and woodworking. For several years, spanning from 2012 to 2019, I dedicated myself exclusively to painting, setting aside my other interests.


However, in 2020, I made a conscious decision to embrace my multifaceted passions and incorporate them into my life alongside painting. This shift allowed me to explore new creative outlets and find inspiration in unexpected places. While initially daunting, I discovered that indulging in my other interests bring a fresh perspective to my artwork.


My experiences in gardening deepened my appreciation for natural forms and colors, influencing my paintings. Likewise, crafting miniatures sharpened my focus and precision in art. Nurturing diverse interests enriches my artistic practice, broadening horizons and deepening my connection to art, fostering growth and development.



Who are your favorite writers?


My favorite authors are Daphne du Maurier and Haruki Murakami. Du Maurier captivates me with her atmospheric and psychologically rich narratives, echoing the depth and complexity of my artwork. Likewise, Murakami’s surreal and introspective storytelling mirrors the themes of mystery and introspection in my paintings. Both authors inspire me through their exploration of the human experience, crafting intricate tales that provoke wonder and contemplation.


Who are your favorite filmmakers?

While I don't closely follow TV or movies, I do have a fondness for the mood and style of film noir. In my youth, I enjoyed analyzing films, especially classics like Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, for their innovative storytelling and captivating atmospheres. The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, has left a lasting impression on me with its eerie atmosphere and meticulous

craftsmanship. Additionally, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird stands out with compelling storytelling and distinctive directorial voice. Despite not having a specific favorite filmmaker, my appreciation for the artistry and storytelling in film remains strong.

Greens and Blues, oil on panel, 16" x 12"

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What city and country do you reside?

Near Montclair, New Jersey


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