Stephen P. Welther

   "I was born on September 17, 1934, raised, and educated in Budapest, Hungary; to a working class family. My mother had a dressmaking salon; my father was a millwright and contractor. The circumstances under communist rule were not favorable to our family. Both my parents were nationalized. After the 1956 Hungarian uprising with my fiancé we found refuge in Austria. Married in Austria and later immigrated to Calgary, Alta-Canada. Our two daughters, Leilla and Anna were educated in Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.

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   I was employed in housing construction as a cabinetmaker and finisher. Later I obtained four tickets in the construction trade. At the present time I am a contractor and semi-retired. My interest toward visual art has always been present, since I am an award winning photographer, and collector of fine European paintings and American bronzes. One day a client of mine asked me to create an image in her kitchen floor I was laying. She brought me some colorful stone slabs from her neighbor. I have never seen before. I was hooked. It was the turnaround in my life. I felt like a reborn Christian.

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   Today, with limited time yet unparalleled enthusiasm and devotion, many years of private studies in the history of painting, critical analysis, and judging of visual arts, especially paintings is paying evident.

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   When working in my 'studio', nothing matters as I am in 'heaven'… with the Creator and that makes me happy.

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   My goal; helping to elevate this wonderful art of lapidary, intarsia, and rock inlay to a level where the general public will understand it and accept it in its art form. Great new fresh ideals, simple bold lines, dramatic composition to the 21st century man, which will focus on our life and nature, surround us in global term. Make the environment around us livable and our social context more human. Teach the young generation to be less materialistic and more humble toward art in general.

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Our eldest daughter is a water-colorist; living in Ottawa, Ontario, and my granddaughter is learning to draw. I hope that the new century will bring new approach and change in the human philosophy toward aestheticism.

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P.S. Life is short art is eternal.

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