Born in Minnesota, Stephen's childhood memories are filled with family, friends & activities that sparked his fire during the long winter months. In middle school, his family relocated to Ft. Meyers, Florida. His passion for the water started at an early age when he spent time sailing into the sunset on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico in his catamaran. He was immediately intrigued by the beauty of harbors and sunsets. His fascination with the mystery of shadows, light, reflection & bright vivid colors are the inspiration behind his work.
I have been an artist for almost 40 years, experimenting in all of the traditional mediums, oils, acrylic, watercolor etc. Then I discovered the digital world and there was no turning back, we've only just touched the surface of what's possible. I like metal because it gives my work a super high-definition, much like looking at an HD TV. What really intrigues me is the ability of the technology to re-produce exactly what I create, much more so than any other medium like lithographs, canvas etc."
In the early 80's Stephen and his wife Martha moved to Burbank, CA. His love of the ocean only expanded more. His images are recognized by collectors all over the globe and adorned the covers of magazines nationwide.
In the late 80s Harlan, Martha & their two daughters relocated to a studio neat the Chesapeake Bay just outside Washington, DC. This was an ongoing source of inspiration for the next two decades. Currently, Harlan has his own studio in Carolina Beach, NC where a whole new appreciation for the water has remained a powerful muse for his current work.
Even After all these years, I feel that I've only scratched the surface, too many ideas and not enough time. To be allowed to pursue such a passion, I am truly grateful to my family and collectors around the world for letting me live my dream."
HARLAN SHOW WITH WYLAND IN LAGUNA