contemporary artist painting landscapes, figures and abstracts.


After many years of living and painting under the huge blue sky of New Mexico, Stephen Poling and

his wife moved to Minnesota where they currently live in an arts community along the

Mississippi River.

Growing up in Minneapolis, Poling’s love of art was nurtured by his frequent visits to the

Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center, both of which were cultural lifelines to

the bigger world.

Inspired to be an artist he made his way to California to obtain a foundation in

painting attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California and later moving to New York

City to study at the Art Students League.

                                  He has been enthusiastically pursuing his dream and practicing his art ever since.                                                                                  

My work is both a paean to the exquisite beauty and life force of Nature and equally important it’s an investigation into the energy of creativity and the process of creating.

I’m using nature imagery as a representational structure to intuitively explore memory and emotion using paint