An Artist… A Journey
“I have always been curious about how to combine my love for the Divine with my love for the fine arts. When I am at prayer, I fulfill my calling as a human being seeking connection with the world, the universe, the infinite. One morning as I came out of a deep meditation, I realized my work was an extension of that ongoing journey. My paintings are more than an expression of myself, they are visual prayers.”
Apprenticed to Master painter Niko Choceli for 5 years, Stephen is classically trained. He has studied under Anne Packard of Provincetown, MA and Irish painter Tim Hawksworth.
Stephen offers one-on-one instruction grounded in the classic tradition at his studio located in central Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Interested in having a piece of art that is truly your own? Stephen offers Painted Prayers on a commission basis in three levels of presentation.
My studio is my monk’s cell
“As a troubled child, I walked into a Gothic cathedral in Philadelphia and felt a profound love. I was in the 6th grade. There, I made a serious adult commitment to enter the ministry – which I did at age 20. Later married with two children, I came out. The church that had been my salvation rejected me. I wandered and had many careers before taking up the paintbrush in 1999. Art is now my church. My studio is my monk’s cell. I pray with pen or brush in hand.”
– Stephen Heilakka
Watercolor / Pen & Ink
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