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"The way Stedman paints is just as organic as her subject matter. She doesn’t meticulously mix colors, but instead throws the paints onto the parchment and allows the colors to mix. For the dark skin of the male ... Stedman threw down yellow and purple and allowed the complementary colors to mingle and create brown.”

Josey Bartlett, 

Art Editor,

           Queens Chronicle

Storytelling, an integral part of my nudes, is a part of life, intrinsic to most cultures. Stories help people make sense of the world. While the nude transcends time, the telling of stories too is as basic to human beings as eating. Maybe more so, since while food allows us to live, stories are what make our lives worth living.

Sometimes There Is Safety In Fading

Watercolor on paper 30 in x 22 in 2015 There outside the window, barreling along through another heedless day, sun and movement and bright activity demand attention and participation without reward or acknowledgement. The sun hits the glass but an odd, slender sensation of coolness abides where each crossed bar stands resolute against the rays bludgeoning the very quietness of the air. Tom’s skin welcomes each thin nearly imperceptible stripe of coolness thrown between the broad squares of sunli