Stephenie Purl Hamen

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Stephenie Purl Hamen is an abstract artist residing in Sun Prairie, WI, birthplace of Georgia O'Keeffe.  She lives at home with her college sweetheart and their two teenage boys, along with their pup, Mojo.  

Hamen is a self-taught artist who worked for over a decade in the crafting industry for several major companies.  She has been creating since she was old enough to hold a crayon and a hammer and loves to make the world around her more beautiful.  Color is how she communicates with the world and conquers her battles with depression, anxiety, migraines, and fibromyalgia.

About her work:

Bright colors painted while listening to music - a requirement for me when I am working - is how I express myself. Often they are barely interchangeable in my mind. The music influences the art and the art influences the music choices. This is how I spend the bulk of my time and how I handle the external and internal forces that I, like so many others, battle daily. Chronic pain from fibromyalgia and migraines.  Anxiety.  Depression. These all impact the art that I create.

I have found that by expressing my feelings through art and using bright kaleidoscopes of color in my work, I am creating the world as I want it to be.  Shiny, happy, delicious, melodious, and rich in experiences.  There might be notes of the darkness and chaos underneath of it all, but joy must be the final expression and feeling exuded in the bulk of my work.  Giving into the less than desirable parts is not something I am prone to doing in my work, which in and of itself is a cathartic, magical way for me to work through whatever my current situation and status might be.