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Spirit Forest

Hand ground metal composite panels create an awesomely vibrant reflective background for Mark's ecstatic images of natural forms. Imagine standing in a majestic grove of trees, their limbs towering above you in their ever-changing arrangements.  Dramatic light patterns swirl behind trunks, branches and leaves, imbuing these distinctive works with astonishing movement and luminosity.

Red Fall Maple Leaves on Metal
Red Fall Maple Leaves on Metal

I love exploring San Ramon City Park in the fall. The maple trees are one of my all time favorite subjects. Red Maple (image #3280) 2019 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 23 x18 in $432

Texas Live Oak on metal
Texas Live Oak on metal

I love to visit Zilker Botanical Garden when I’m in Austin, Texas. In this photographic mixed media artwork, sparkling reflected light draws us into the grand old oak tree, delighting us with its hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality. The beautiful oak tree appears to float in front of the dazzlingly luminous background, creating a magical experience - inspiring awe and wonder. Texas Live Oak (image #0060) 2018 UV INKJET ON GROUND METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 47-3/4 x 96 in $4800

Sierra Pine on burnished metal
Sierra Pine on burnished metal

Brilliant swirling light draws us inside this Sierra Nevada pine tree scene, delighting viewers with its hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality. The beautiful pine tree anchors the composition while dazzlingly luminous reflections move in the background, creating a magical experience - inspiring awe and wonder. Spirit Forest (image #5721) 2016 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 92x48 in $4,600

Colorful Live Oaks on Metal
Colorful Live Oaks on Metal

Brilliant light draws us deep inside the enchanted oak tree scene, delighting viewers with its hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality. Looking up, the beautiful oak tree canopy anchors the composition as dazzlingly luminous skies swirl beyond, creating a magical experience - inspiring awe and wonder. California Live Oak Trees (image #6297) 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 47-3/4 x 96 in $4,800

Bare Tree on metal oval
Bare Tree on metal oval

The handsome bare tree anchors the image while dazzlingly luminous reflections move in the background, creating the captivating illusion of hyper realistic 3-Dimensionality. Heirloom Tree (image #7161) 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 66 x 47.5 in $3300

Zen Oak on metal
Zen Oak on metal

I love visiting Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin. In this work, soft satiny reflections animate the sky drawing us into the spare oak scene. People often say they see a strong zen aesthetic in my work. This one in particular fits that bill. Like so many, nature has always inspired me, personally and in my art. I love sharing the limitless beauty I find there with others. It’s only natural. Edo Oak (image #0001) 2016 UV INKJET ON GROUND METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 47-3/4 x 71-1/2 in $3600

Napa Oak on burnished metal
Napa Oak on burnished metal

Oak trees in California’s wine country are some of the most interesting I’ve seen. In this energetic composition, the bare tree anchors the foreground, holding the tree subject still and solid, while dazzlingly luminous reflections move in the background, creating the captivating illusion of hyper realistic 3-Dimensionality. Napa Oak (image #9514) 2018 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 84 X 42.5 in $3,750

Oak with wispy moss on metal
Oak with wispy moss on metal

I couldn’t resist photographing these dazzlingly beautiful beings in California’s wine country. In this composition, the delicate oak anchors the foreground, holding the tree still and solid, while dazzlingly luminous reflections move in the background, creating the captivating illusion of hyper realistic 3-Dimensionality. Napa Oak Tree (image #9760) 2018 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 84 x 42.5 in $3,750

Sun Dappled Oaks
Sun Dappled Oaks

Sun dappled California Live Oaks at the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge draw the eye up to the canopy and sky beyond, swirling with luminous reflections, creating a hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality. The stately trees rich in warm colors - browns, olive greens, and autumn yellows contrast with the cool blue shadows. Sun Dappled California Oaks 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 46.25 x 84 in $4,200

Descanso Gardens Oak on metal
Descanso Gardens Oak on metal

The Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, California has some of most magical Live Oaks I’ve seen in So Cal. Shades of cool blues and greens predominate the shadowy foreground in this dramatically vertical oak tree portrait while the sky beyond swirls in dazzling luminous reflection, creating the riveting illusion of 3-D depth and astonishing movement. Descanso Oak (image#6357) 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 96 x 32 in $3,200

California Oak on burnished metal
California Oak on burnished metal

Oaks at the Descanso Gardens in La Cańada Flintridge are hard to beat. Brilliant reflective light draws us deep into sylvan scene, the hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality delighting all who gaze upon it. The flowing branchy lines anchor the composition as a dazzlingly luminous sky swirls behind, creating a magical experience - inspiring awe and wonder. Lively Oaks (image #6344) UV INKJET ON GROUND METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 47x47 in $2400

Colorful Oak Canopy on metal
Colorful Oak Canopy on metal

The Descanso Gardens in La Cańada Flintridge brim with enchanted forest scenes. Looking up, the beautiful oak tree canopy anchors this composition as dazzlingly luminous skies swirl beyond, creating a the astonishing illusion of 3-D depth that delight all who gaze upon it. California Live Oak Trees (image #6297) 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 47-3/4 x 96 in $4,800

Colorful Live Oak Canopy
Colorful Live Oak Canopy

Brilliant light draws us into this colorful oak tree scene, delighting viewers with its hyper realistic illusion of 3-Dimensionality. In hues of lavender, rust, lime and yellow, the oak tree canopy anchors the composition as dazzlingly luminous skies swirl beyond, creating a magical experience - inspiring awe and wonder. Colorful Live Oak Canopy (image #6298) 2017 UV INKJET ON BURNISHED METAL PANEL by mark stephenson 36 x 24 in $900