Born and raised on a farm in Ohio, acclaimed artist Stephen Fishwick grew up drawing and painting animals, appreciating the fragility of nature at an early age. His first accolades came in high school, when his talent and ability to express raw emotions on canvas became evident. His art teacher encouraged him to enroll at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Less than one year later, he started working as a professional artist, drawing portraits, caricatures and illustrations.
Wanting to expand his artistic education, Fishwick began studying traditional drawing and painting under Jeff Watts, at the Watts Atelier of the Arts in Southern California.His inspiration came from artists such as Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali, John Singer Sargent and J.C. Leyendecker. With over 20 years of experience in the field of commercial art, Fishwick has developed a dynamic and exciting aesthetic style all his own.
What makes Fishwick most proud, however, are his philanthropic endeavors, which have raised over $1 million for different charities. In 2007, he produced a high-energy live art painting show featuring endangered animals, designed to educate and inspire participation in their plight via an unforgettable explosion of art and imagination. He has also produced artwork for corporate America with professional clients that include the NFL, Microsoft, Apple, Coca Cola, Honda, Disney, National Geographic, et al.
In a career that has spanned over 2 decades, Fishwick has earned worldwide praise. Since 2004, Fishwick has been combining his passion for art and music with his love of people and animals in his unique brand of high energy "speed painting". In his shows known as "Art Attack", choreographed to music, Fishwick uniquely creates his magic by transforming, at great speed, a blank canvas into icon portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Bono, et al. Fishwick's goal has always been to "share the electric euphoria that he gets from painting live on stage and to ignite that creative spirit in each of us".