High Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Dorantes
Her name is Stephanie Dorantes but started to become an artist as Stephanie Witham. She grew not knowing where she was from as she lived half her life in Mexico and half her life in United States. Always feeling like something was missing she found a way to express herself through art at the age of 8. Art classes were the only place where she truly felt like she belonged. Later on she would continue to take art lessons, paining classes and even got involved in theater. She studied Graphic Design in Mexico and moved back to United States to teach to what she loves at the school that once was hers. She got married and has a little boy. She plans to work more on her art in the future.
We recently caught up with Stephanie after High Art 2022 to learn more about her most recent inspirations:
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Music, my surroundings, life.
Why do you do what you do?
For self expression.
What art/artist do you most identify with?
Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo
What themes do you pursue the most?
Nature, hearts, life
What role does an artist have in society?
The role that they place themselves in.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
Every experience is a new opportunity to create.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Always carry a pencil and paper, the world might take you in different directions but you can never stop creating.
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, tell us your favorite song and artist.
Yes, Te Canela or classical music.
What's the best thing about being an artist?
You get to view the world in a way very few understand.
What is your dream project?
I want to be able to live for and from my art.