Initially, when Stefan began to paint, he focused on the (post) impressionist landscapes of Monet and Van Gogh. Thanks to suggestions from friends, he also discovered the art of Edward Hopper - and American art in general. Hopper’s work provided him with a solid point of reference, so Stefan could fall back on developing his own style.
Stefen kept on working with oils until 2006, when a visit to the great Andrew Wyeth retrospective in Philadelphia provided him with the media best suited to his temperament as an artist: watercolour and tempera. Stefan still greatly admires American artists such as Wyeth, Church, Bellows and Birchfield, and in particular Winslow Homer.
– Being a fully self-taught painter, I’ve been drawing since the age of ten. Creating my own imaginary cities on paper has been a substitute for the passion for travelling that has been with me all my life, Stefan says.