Brick Church Studio is committed to teaching art to all ages, creating original artwork for clients, and selling art prints. The studio was created as a working art studio as well as a space for others to cultivate their artistry with support.
Stephanie Scarlata holds her Studio Art degree from the University of Maryland and is a certified K-12 Art Teacher. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and pieces are permanently on display in Hobart, Tasmania. She has experience as an art gallery assistant as well as teaching in a K-8 school. She’s had over 10 years experience working one-on-one with people of various artistic backgrounds and demographics including small children, teens, and dementia patients. Stephanie is currently teaching adults at MD Hall for the Creative Arts as well as running private art mentorships.
Stephanie is most interested in the natural environment and people. She specializes in large scale abstract painting and portraiture. She draws on elements from the outdoors for her abstracts and the stories behind faces for her portraits. In addition to other visual artists, her greatest inspiration comes from those who are steadfast in realizing their dreams.
I paint because it is simultaneously freeing and grounding, and it serves as a vehicle to connect with those around me. As a teenager, lasting impressions were made by Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Annie Leibovitz, and Steve McCurry for their respective strengths — strong marks, rich colors, ability to portray the heart of someone, and find unexpected beauty — and their strengths, I hope, will one day be permanent assets of mine.
As long as there is a story to be told, great works of art has the potential to be made. Getting to know people and illustrating a part of their story is a great honor as is seeing portraits and paintings become a lasting fixture in the homes of friends and clients. Creating artwork as well as encouraging others to practice their art making is where my passion lies. I will always advocate for those who have a strong conviction to pursue the arts and follow something a little outside the norm.
2005: Studio Art Degree - University of Maryland, CP and The School of Art, University of Tasmania
2006: Painting Resident - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
2007: Art Instructor - Frog Hollow Craft Centre and Elderly Services in Middlebury, Vermont
2007: Art Exhibition - A Change In Scenery, Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe, Middlebury, Vermont
2008: Visiting Artist - Dalat International School, Penang, Malaysia
2008: Traditional Batik Training - Batik Master Mr. Koay Soo Kau, Penang, Malaysia
2009: Youth Mentor - BeAn Artist Cafe, Hobart, Tasmania
2009: Art Exhibition - ART @ Rocket Cat, Rocket Cat Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009: Art Exhibition - Seeing Is Believing, Galeri Seni Mutiara, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2010: Studio at Savage Mill in Savage, Maryland
2011: Earned K-12 Art Teaching Certificate
2012: Art Teacher - Grace Christian School, Bowie, Maryland
2013: Baby Van Gogh - Mommy & Me Painting Classes
2017: Group Exhibition - Winter Show, Muddy Creek Artist Guild, Edgewater, Maryland
2014-Present: Art Instructor/Mentor - Brick Church Studio
2017-Present: Adult Art Instructor- Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Maryland