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Stephen St. Claire was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, California, graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Working with oil paint since he was a child, he has spent most of his adult life exploring different facets of art and design, winning numerous international awards for his work.

“I grew up painting mostly landscapes and still life, but after studying the techniques and symbology of Greek Orthodox icons, I was captivated with what happened with paint when applied in many thin layers on top of gold leaf. Since then, nearly all my time has been spent experimenting with textures, layers, and symbols, all on various types of metal leaf. About three years ago, I began sandwiching my layers of paint and metal leaf between several layers of clear resin. The result is something highly reflective, rich and projects color differently depending upon where the viewer is standing in relation to the source of light, which is why I named this technique Dialuminusm (“light coming through”).”

“I began using this technique painting mostly abstract pieces but over the years, as the technique has morphed, I’ve been painting more and more “abstracted landscape” scenes, depicting different times of day and different locals from the mountain lakes, lazy rivers and coastal wetlands. Most recently, I’ve begun experimenting using my techniques and materials to create paintings reminiscent of the stained glass windows and wood block prints of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s.”


Azure Waters

mixed media on panel 18 x 24



Day Break

mixed media on panel 15 x 28



Morning Wave

mixed media on panel 30 x 40


Sunset on Stafford Bay by Stephen St. Claire


Sunset on Stafford Bay

mixed media on panel 17 x 36


Sunset on the Sound by Stephen St. Claire

 Sunset on the Sound

mixed media on panel 26 x 36



Mystic Daybreak in the Pines

mixed media on panel 24 x 30


Through Gates of Splendor by Stephen St. Claire

Through Gates of Splendor

mixed media on panel 24 x 48


Early Morning on the Bayou by Stephen St. Claire

Early Morning on the Bayou

mixed media on panel 17 x 41



On the River

mixed media on panel 24 x 40



The Journey

mixed media on panel 20 x 48


recollections of summer

Recollections of Summer

mixed media on panel 17 x 41


sunrise on quiet waters

Sunrise on Quiet Waters

mixed media on panel 18 x 24


Emerald Haven-3

Emerald Haven 

mixed media on panel 24 x 40 


Angel's Landing (24x36)

Angel’s Landing 

24 x 36 mixed media 


Azure Seas (18 x 24)

Azure Seas 

24 x 18 mixed media 


Dreaming Popilleau (24 x 36)

Dreaming Popilleau

24 x 36 mixed media 


On the River (36x24)

On the River

36 x 24 mixed media 


Restful moment on the Sound (30x40)

Restful Moment on the Sound

30 x 40  mixed media 


Sunrise on the Water (24x36)

Sunrise on the Water 

24 x 36 mixed media


Yellowstone Falls (24x18)

Yellowstone Falls

24 x 18 mixed media 


Sunset Wave

Sunset Wave

24 x 36 mixed media on panel 


summer day on the river

Summer Day on the River

12 x 12 mixed media on panel


winter silence

Winter Silence

12 x 12 mixed media on panel


veridian pulse

Veridian Pulse

12 x 12 mixed media on panel


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