Stephanie Oplinger is a surrealist painter working primarily in acrylic medium. She enjoys working in the surrealist style, combining the fantastical with the familiar and sharing narratives and dreamy landscapes from her imagination. Interested in expressing the moment when perceived reality ends and daydreaming begins, she utilizes an enriched palette of bold colors and a strong contrasting of light and shadow to portray the filter of the mind’s creative eye.
Stephanie endeavors to advocate for social justice through art. Her current project raises awareness and money for the victims of human trafficking; 365 small pieces, one piece for each day of the year, are created and put up for sale with the proceeds going to charity. She recently collaborated with a group of artists to present a dynamic street tableaux representing the modern horrors of modern slavery, and a film project based on the project and social issue is in the works.
Stephanie also works as a children’s book illustrator. Her portfolio includes illustration options for picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult book covers. She loves working with vibrant palettes while illustrating quirky characters who live and interact in whimsical and fantastic settings. In addition to a vibrant color style, she also particularly enjoys working a bold B&W style with pen and ink, drawing children, animals, and nature in fun, daily situations and interactions. Her work is primarily in traditional materials but is edited and adjusted digitally. She is an active member of SCBWI, an annual STORYSTORM participant, and a proud student of Mira Reisberg’s Children’s Book Academy.
Outside of her studio, Stephanie works as an NDE eddy current technician at nuclear power plants around the United States. (Despite common myths about nuclear power, it is currently the safest and cleanest form of producing our energy and is touted by leading scientists as one of the key solutions to hindering global warming.) Other past jobs include working as a paralegal for a criminal defense attorney and as a nursery worker for a garden center specializing in growing large, mature trees (15′ plus in height!) for transplant and landscaping. She lives with her family and their dog by the woods in western Pennsylvania.