Stephanie Nordlund



My first serious interest in art-making came when I was required to take a mandatory art class in the 11th grade. There, I learned that art is very challenging, but also a learnable skill.

I went on to earn my BFA in Art Education with a teaching certification for PK-12. I taught part-time in schools for three of my four years in art school, and made a lot of art along the way.

Then, I earned my MA in Art Education in museums, during which I interned/worked in several art museums and art galleries. However, while SO busy in grad school, I stopped making art. In fact, in the summer of 2015, I was working at an art gallery outside of Denver, and my boss said to a customer, 


Apparently you have to make art to be considered an artist. Who'd have thought?

This was rude-awakening and I returned to art-making Spring 2016 after the completion of my masters degree.

Since then, I've fallen in love with illustration and making stories come to life. I now have a lovely studio in my home where I work primarily with gouache, watercolors, acrylics, and digital technology.


My current goals are: 

1. License illustrations in magazines.

2. Illustrate a children's book (hopefully many!)

3. Earn an MFA in Illustration

4. Get an agent

5. Never stop learning


Finally, when I'm not in my studio, I love to read books about art cuddled up with my two cats, watch movies, and practice yoga.

If you'd like to inquire about a commission or collaboration, please send me a message through the contact form or message me on Instagram.


Stay in touch!

Instagram: nordcreates
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Q & A

Favorite media?

Gouache, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, and digital.

 Favorite food?

Dark chocolate.

What would you be if you weren't an artist?

Scientist or engineer.

Creative process?

I work best when I sketch in the evenings as I've found that's when I'm the most creative. Then, I transfer the final sketch to nicer paper. In the morning, I go into my studio and work on the final piece.

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