Stephanie Cramer is an artist and art educator, having shown and sold her paintings and monotypes privately and in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Hampshire. She has taught other artists and clients on technique, composition, and completion of various printmaking processes for five years in a non-toxic printmaking membership studio in Massachusetts. Cramer also brings years of experience working with children and teens on art projects in various schools and workshops. Cramer will coordinate the entire project as the full-time Education Coordinator for the Arts Council.
I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas. Center stage in my art is the figure - an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I'm not in search of exact representation. I'm intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These plus color, bring the emotion to the painting. Whether spatial or expressionistic, the implied relationship between figures is intended to arouse curiosity. Painting is like a freeze frame. It helps both the viewer and the painter to pause - if just for a second as we enter into that two dimensional space. Most of the time the stage is imaginary or based on dreams and memories. Like Alice, the viewer is invited to step into the drama or the wonderland inside the looking glass.