...likelihood of that reality settled in, Stephen returned his heart to art and took his first formal painting class at age ten. It was in high school that his art first earned him accolades. With the persistence of his senior-year art teacher, he prepared a strong portfolio; fine enough to open the doors for him to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburg. Less than a year later, he started working as a professional artist, drawing caricatures and illustrations. Every day I fall in love with drawing the human face and form, he says. My sketchbooks are filled with drawings of life, from people to animals.
In 1996, Stephen began expanding his artistic education beyond caricatures by studying traditional drawing and painting under Jeff Watts at the Watts Atelier of the Arts, in Southern California.
After plying his trade in art professionally for more than two decades, Stephen founded Paint in Motion, his brand of a live performance art form known as speed painting. Paint in Motion was a natural extension of his talent and passion in which he creates dynamic live portraits of icons such as the Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Bono set to music. His goal is always to share with the crowd the electric euphoria that he gets from painting live on stage and his hope is to ignite that natural creative spirit in each of us. Stephen has traveled with this stunning, high-energy show around the world to such locations as Beirut, Kuwait, Germany, New York and Las Vegas. An extension of Paint in Motion is The for Life Collection, a conservation-focused collection that educates people about the plight of endangered species.
Stephen Fishwick’s ability to infuse color, movement and sound into each of his paintings creates an aesthetic style all his own. His personal mission is to constantly push himself creatively and with over 20 years of artistic experience in the field of commercial art it’s easy to see that Stephen has become a master of his craft.
Stephen took his first formal painting class at age ten and it was in high school that his art first earned him accolades. With the persistence of his high school art teacher, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Less than a year later, he started working as a professional artist, drawing portraits, caricatures and illustrations.
In 1996, Stephen began expanding his artistic education by studying traditional drawing and painting under Jeff Watts at the Watts Atelier of the Arts in Southern California. Influenced by a wide range of renowned painters from Norman Rockwell to Salvador Dali, John Singer Sargent to J.C. Leyendecker, Stephen has created a style all his own. “Every day I fall in love with drawing the human face and form,” he says. “My sketchbooks are filled with drawings of life, from people to animals.”
In a career that has spanned over two decades, Stephen has earned widespread acclaim, but two recent achievements make him most proud: First, his philanthropic endeavors that have raised over $1 million for different charities since 2004. Second, Stephen has been named the newest Disney Fine Artist, an honor that will allow him to paint Disney characters and make his art available in Disney parks and galleries throughout the world.
It was in 2004 that Stephen started combining his passion for music and love of people and animals with his unique brand of high-energy speed painting in a way that evoked a visceral response from his audience.
In the show known as Art Attack, Stephen transforms a blank canvas into an explosion of art and iconic images while being choreographed to music and dance. His energy is infectious and brings the audience to its feet, clapping and dancing along with Stephen as he creates his magic on canvas. With riotous strokes of color both from his brushes and his bare hands, he creates stunning images of wild energy in a matter of minutes.
His goal is always to share with the crowd the electric euphoria that he gets from painting live on stage and his hope is to ignite that natural creative spirit in each of us. Stephen has traveled the world with his stunning show bringing high-energy performances to such locations as Japan, Beirut, Kuwait, Germany, Canada, New York and Las Vegas.
Growing up on a farm in Ohio, Stephen fell in love with animals at a very early age. Drawing and painting them, he grew to appreciate their fragility. In 2007 he produced a high-energy live art painting show featuring endangered animals he performed at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. This show was designed to educate and creatively inspire participation in the plight of endangered animals and environments via an unforgettable explosion of art and imagination.
Since then, Stephen’s vision has led to the development of his For Life Collection of fine art. Vivid canvasses of endangered animals that seem to have a life and energy all their own will leave you excited and involved. You cannot walk away from a For Life Collection painting unaffected by it’s beauty and electricity.
“Our goal is for the For Life Collection to directly impact our conservation partners with financial support and a global reach in raising awareness of the endangerment of these beautiful animals,” he says. Proceeds from paintings sold from the For Life Collection and the Painting For Life shows go to support Stephen’s wildlife conservation partners, such as the San Diego Zoo, Wild Wonders and the San Diego Humane Society. Whether it be the San Diego Zoo or Downtown Disney and to Japan and the Middle East, Stephen has made it his personal mission to bring art, awareness and ultimately financial support to a cause worth supporting.
The Fishwick art brand continues to astonish the world with his high quality work in countless galleries and public art spaces. He has been licensed by the estates of such transcendent icons as Elvis Presley and Bob Marley to reproduce their images commercially, and his designs have been merchandised on numerous commercial products such as posters, puzzles and apparel. His business experience includes nearly two decades of producing artwork for corporate America, with professional clients that include The National Football League, Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Honda, Anheuser-Busch, Disney, Busch Gardens Florida, San Diego Padres and National Geographic to name a few.