Casket Arts Community Featured Artist

Stephanie Molstre-Kotz - Painter

Much of Stephanie Molstre-Kotz’s work depicts ethereal skies. She uses pastels to create giant purple clouds, flashes of lightning, and lashing winds in blustery scenes. “Sometimes the sky is the only celestial part of the suburbs. All you have to do is tilt your head up. The sky informs you that you are part of nature. In the end, if I just look outside, it tells me everything I need to put into my work.”
“Living on the Great Plains has taught me a lot about open spaces. Most of the places I live, border an open field of soybeans or corn stalks – suburbs and small towns. When viewing this area, the horizon line is usually low. This causes the sky to be the most celestial entity in the urban sprawl. I welcome this horizon, and its sacred sky because it gives me a chance to consider the energy of air through line,” Molstre-Kotz said.
Images of people and animals are often seen in Molstre-Kotz’s work.
“On several occasions, when creating a space on paper, I find myself disengaged without a person or animal in a work. As though the isolation of the artist in her studio, and the open spaces on paper, is longing for the company of a sentient being. With this, I hope to connect the viewer to the space; giving them a point of familiarity and leading them to what was felt there.” Molstre-Kotz said.
Molstre-Kotz’s work has been exhibited all over the Midwest and will be exhibited at the Minneapolis Convention Center this January.

Stephanie's studio is open once a month for a life drawing class.
Stephanie can be contacted by email at
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