Szczepan graduated with an Honours Degree in Architecture from the University of Auckland in 1993. Whilst he had spent his formative years painting and sketching, it wasn’t until 2013 that he rekindled his love of watercolour painting. In 2013 Szczepan started his watercolour adventure by joining and sketching alongside a number of local urban artists – the “Brisbane Urban Sketchers” and the Brisbane “Plein-Air” Group. Together with another architect and good friend, Mark Fuller, they produced and published a book entitled “A Brisbane Sketchbook” that captured in its 72 paintings and sketches, an interesting and alternative view of Brisbane’s historic buildings and urban spaces. This book provided Szczepan the impetus and perfect stepping stone to move “full-circle” back into the pursuit of watercolour. Through 2015 and 2016 Szczepan attended workshops offered by some of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. In particular, the Melbourne workshops led by Alvaro Castagnet and Herman Pekel gave him the confidence to move beyond the rigid confines of his professional training – of technical details and straight lines. Szczepan is currently a Member of the Watercolour Society of Queensland. Beyond his new start in 2018 into tutoring and offering workshops, Szczepan continues to paint plein-air and was recently selected as one of Australia’s representatives to the Fabriano in Acquarello Festival in Fabriano, Italy in May 2018. He is active in the WSQ and is injecting a new excitement into the local watercolour scene. He continues to develop a broader range of subject material to supplement his love of architectural and urban themes. Recently exploring nautical themes and seascapes alongside a lifelong fascination with sailing craft and old gaffers.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Beginning in early 2018 Szczepan has been running classes and workshops to enthusiastic capacity audiences. His painting style and teaching delivery are creating a renewed interest in watercolour.