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Broad Strokes

Stefanie Aziere-Sattler, left, began her
career as an artist 17 years ago. These
days, the painters life-like work is highly
valued and collected by sportsmen and
motor enthusiasts alike.
Artwork courtesy of Stefanie-Aziere Sattler
fanie created a one-of-a-kind painting of Donnie's 2003 Harley Davidson. The
painting, "Special Breed," garnered her first place at the 2005 Heritage Days in
Warsaw. "And now he has his Harley inside the house," says Stefanie.
Donnie shared the image with motorcycle dealers and collectors. For the
tefanie Aziere-Sattler says horsepower - four-footed and four-wheeled
- has a lot to do with her career path as an artist. "If it went fast, it next year Stefanie did nothing but paint gleaming images of motorcycles and
cars. While the bright orange color of the vehicle and attention to every detail
had my full attention," the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative member says.
The 51-year-old artist transformed a childhood love of horses and on the motorcycle drew viewers, most likely it was the fact Stefanie made the
machines into a career, painting images that are valued by sportsmen and chrome gleam that amazed anyone who saw the work.
Stefanie's not sure how to classify her painting style, although she's heard it
motor enthusiasts alike.
Stefanie began horseback riding at age 4 and moved on to rodeo competi- called realistic impressionism due to her detailing and vibrant use of color.
"We've watched people who aren't even into cars, motorcycles or art stand
tions in junior high. After high school, she also had a passion for drag racing
in her souped-up '72 Cutless but a bad crash while racing brought on several and stare at some of my work, then they ask, 'How'd you do that?'
"My husband will finally laugh and tell them, 'She uses chrome paint.' "
painful facial surgeries and months of recovery.
In 2006, the couple took the art show on the road, attending car shows and
These days, Stefanie pours her passion for speed into the oil paintings she's
known for creating. It's usually close-ups of classic car grills, shiny motorcycle huge motorcycle rallies like the famed Sturgis and Deadwood gatherings in
South Dakota.
chrome and running horses that keep the Florence artist busy now.
"It was amazing money until the economy tanked in 2008," Stefanie says. "It
Stefanie initially planned to become a horse trainer, but when she signed
up for classes at State Fair Community College she was told she'd need an art went from everyone spending money on art to nobody within six months."
As the economy began to recover the next few years, Stefanie displayed work
credit, too. It wasn't long before the 30 year old realized she'd missed having
art as a creative outlet in her life.
at shows and painted commissions as they trickled in. She also honed the
sculpting skills learned during her brief time at the art institute, creating
Artwork wasn't foreign to Stefanie, whose talents were nurtured by her grandmother.
busts of hunting dogs and horses for herself and other collectors.
"My grandmother, Jewel, was a well-known potter and had a
Today, Stefanie has a folder full of commissions to paint. While the
studio near Tulsa," says the Oklahoma native. "Her hands would
artist won't say exactly how much she makes for a living, she will
say, "I'm blessed to be paid well to do what I love.
shake sometimes, so whenever she needed to paint faces or details,
she would have me do it for her," Stefanie says. "I was only about 8
"These days I charge $3 per square inch no matter what size
Florence
canvas is ordered," she says. "I couldn't do that if I lived in a city
years old then. She also taught me how to work with clay, although
like Chicago or New York, but in the Midwest, it's a fair price."
my first pieces looked like every lopsided bowl every kid usually
A large canvas, such as her painting of her husband's Harley,
makes at first."
would run $5,000, but smaller paintings start around $500.
Impressed by Stefanie's artwork, her advisor said she should
apply to the Kansas City Art Institute. "But they won't want a 30Stefanie's latest commission is for a life-size bronze sculpyear-old for a student," Stefanie recalls telling her, "And I don't have that kind ture to be donated by Robert and Barbara Hayden, owners of Starline Brass
of Sedalia, to Retrieving Freedom, a national nonprofit that trains dogs to help
of money."
After much prodding, Stefanie sent in a brief summary of what little work wounded veterans, children with autism and individuals living with Type 1
she'd done: mixed media, painting and a few sculptures. Not only was she diabetes. The statue will include a mother with her child walking a Labrador,
as a serviceman kneels down to pet the dog.
accepted to the institute, but also granted a full one-year scholarship.
"I'm beyond honored to get the opportunity to create something like this
While she only attended one year, Stefanie knew she wanted to work in fine
art somehow. While substitute teaching in the Sedalia School District the next for this generous donor and a wonderful group like this," Stefanie says, adding the project will likely take nearly a year to complete. Once completed, one
four years, she painted portraits of horses, dogs, murals and people.
One evening while at her home, her boyfriend, Donnie, saw a sketchbook statue will be installed at the organization's Mississippi location, and at a new
filled with some of her drawings. "Why aren't you doing something with this?" national headquarter facility in Sedalia by 2020.
"As an artist, you want your work to stop people in their tracks," Stefanie
he asked, followed by, "I would love a painting of my bike."
Stefanie recalls laughing and saying, "You love your motorcycle that says. "If I can connect the viewer to the passion I feel when I'm painting an
image, then I'm happy."
much?"
Donnie, now her husband, told her "Every guy who has a big Harley wants
You can contact Stefanie at 660-221-7792, stefanies357@yahoo.com or follow
to bring it into the house, but they usually can't. This way, I can."
So he bought Stefanie a 34-inch-by-36-inch canvas and more oil paints. Ste- her on Facebook at Stefanie Aziere-Sattler Art.

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