Tucson native, Stephanie Campos began her love for drawing at a young age. During an art project in kindergarten, her teacher called her parents to inform them she was an artist. That led to art supplies and encouragement. At age 13, she created her first realistic portrait and found her passion in drawing the human face. 

Through years of exploring various media, pastel, oil, charcoal, and acrylic; charcoal became her preferred choice for its contrasting range of highlights and dark tones.

With every line, shadow and highlight, she re-creates the unique traits of the individual onto paper, while keeping a persistent eye on her subject to examine the fine detail.

Inspiration for her Native American portraits come from an interest in her family’s Cherokee ancestry and the hardships they endured during the 1800’s.

“Each person I draw begins like an exciting new adventure. I find it intriguing that people can share similar features, but no two look exactly alike. I enjoy getting to know their faces and contemplate the life they led.”