Size: 9"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
As a lover of monochrome depictions and honing my graphite pencil skills, this portrait of Diana Ross captivated me, resulting in my niche': hyper-realism.
I created this piece over the course of one month in 2014.
My inspiration in creating this piece stems from my several things: my love for graphite portraiture/photo-realism, my mom's love of Diana Ross and the Supreme's music talents, and my uncle's unceasing patronage for all-things-Diana Ross (every single song ever written, among myriad memorabilia).
This piece was done entirely on a patio deck facing the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. The inspirational "music" which played in the background during its creation was...the ocean. Perhaps this is why the overall final product appears with a sense of mysticism, much like the ocean's secrets and tales.
My name is Stephen Owsinski. Residing in Tampa Bay, Florida, I am a professional artist. Albeit currently rendering pieces with graphite pencils, I am also developing skills in woodcarving and glass etching. My first set of "art pencils" (as my mom called them) arrived at age five. A make-shift art studio in our small Brooklyn apartment served as my base where I produced art, from pencil sketches, acrylic paintings, watercolor compositions, and even airbrushed pieces (album cover design was huge back then). I was a student at the High School of Art & Design (located in NYC) where I garnered the fundamentals in artistic creation. Thereafter, I enrolled in the graphic arts/advertising design program at the Center for the Media Arts (NYC). Upon graduation, I was hired by an upstart publishing firm on the upper east side of Manhattan. The firm's relocation brought me to Florida. However, I felt rather stifled in the office-based realm. I opted to further my education and attended college; I studied criminology. After a career in law enforcement and an ongoing bout with cancer resulting in limb loss, my life was redirected. I picked up my pencils and produced portraits of my four children. Here I am, a single dad, generating hyper-realistic pencil portraits. Thank you for visiting my portfolio.