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“Stephen Mason’s passions for the environment and art reflect how he lives, with knowledge, dedication, and zest. He’s not one to paint what he sees rather he uses his gift of vision to manipulate, create, and develop art. His use of creativity goes beyond any box and literally wraps you around the corner to where some unknown adventure begins! 

With his unforeseen method of painting, it all begins when Steve progressively paints along with music with an impromptu style as the artwork unfolds, leaving his raw energy to fuel and intensify his astounding range of dynamics found in his abstract artworks. 

For those searching to boost or to simply find their own artistic spark while experimenting, you will find in his silk painting workshops how candid and concise Steve is with critiques. His method of teaching is the kind to guide and direct the student into developing spontaneous thoughts allowing for freedoms and expressions to surface, giving time to manifest and capture exciting new energies of our own individual styles that can then be applied to silk”

Christine Sutherland

Yavapai College/Artist, Teacher at CS Fine Art

Master silkpainter SPIN

"I was thrilled to be among the silk painting group workshop conducted by Stephen in July in Durfort, France. We gathered together to learn silk paining and Stephen and Ann introduced us to their techniques and skills, showing us the process to apply dyes and resists to silk to create wonderful works of art. We experimented with various techniques in an effort to understand how the dye reacts with the silk and how to control the movement in an effort to create a visually pleasing pattern or design. Stephen is a caring, thoughtful teacher who offered his students a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in which to be creative. The setting in Durfort is inspiring, tranquil, earthy, and very conducive to letting your creative juices flow"

MARY VAN HAAREN

Building Official at City of Eastpointe

Greater Detroit AreaGovernment Administration

+Somethingsilk@outlook.com

"During the excellent silk-painting workshop in Durfort, France, July 2014, I really enjoyed Steve’s encouragement to experiment with dye and water combinations that promote semi-abstract shapes, organic textures, moods and textures. 
It was so refreshing to work with Steve's focus on the atmospheric, expressive, and abstract properties of silk painting rather than painting the reality of a subject. 
Steve’s approach is exuberant, and the workshop overall encourages losing oneself in the process, letting dye and color flow, to create sometimes unexpected effects. This approach certainly opens up some new potential for silk painting, and a loose, more organic approach that encouraged me to be more adventurous with my experimentation. 
Durfort, the village, is an truly enchanting setting for the course: it provided just the right combination of a stunning natural environment of La Montagne Noire, for hikes, bicycle rides and trips to the small villages with a warmly friendly community in the village "
Liz Constable

Associate Professor at University of California, Davis

“Stephen, thanks again for a terrific workshop. The environment of encouragement and experimentation was liberating. It was wonderful to have Ann also as an instructor to get a variety of styles and instruction. The town of Durfort, France is unable to be duplicated. It is historic, quaint, beautiful, and friendly. Truly a find. I really enjoyed the adventure and would highly recommend it to any skill level. Thx.”

“Thanks so much for a marvellous week of painting on silk in the beautiful village of Durfort. I learned more than I’d hoped, and came home with new skills and ideas for future projects. It’s clear that you’re passionate about art, and you were able to translate that through good cheer and humor, which made class time a joy. Additionally, you are a talented and patient instructor. What I appreciated most was that you gave me time and space to run on my own, but when I asked for ideas or technical help, you were there immediately to provide much needed assistance. The pieces I completed were lovely for my limited skill set – in large part to your tutelage – and I’m quite proud of them. During our collective down time, it was especially fun to explore locally and enjoy the sights, markets and delicacies the area has to offer. Many, many thanks for a truly wonderful week to remember. I’ll be back : )"

" My visit to Durfort, France, and my workshop with Stephen were the highlights of my year. Stephen is an excellent teacher and provides personalized instruction that caters to your own level of experience. I can hardly wait to join him again for my next workshop. Highly recommend !"