Stephen Eugene Mirich
Born in San Pedro, California ~ 1954

Stephen Mirich's fascination for art started developing as early as four. His mother would nurture her son's interest in art and found a teacher that could provide a few lessons in watercolors when he was seven. The local library would also provided the young artist with stacks of art books and lessons from "How To" books. By age ten he had picked up techniques in watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal and started experimenting with oils.

Mirich would often sketch and paint from nature combining his enjoyment for the outdoors with his love for art. He entered one of his plein air watercolors in the Junior Division of a local art show when he was fifteen, but due to the proficiency of his work, he was placed in the adult division where he took second place. He followed this with much success and awards exhibitioning in local and regional shows. He stayed active with the San Pedro Art Association during his teenage years becoming its president at nineteen.

Although Mirich had considerable success with his art as a young man, he was focusing on a career in architecture. He was soon overtaken with this love of painting and knew that he must pursue a career in art full time. At twenty, Mirich began exhibiting with Howard Morseburg Galleries in Los Angeles and was soon showing in galleries across the United States. Up until this time Mirich had been mostly self taught. To further his education in art he studied under the noted artist, Theadore N. Lukits (1897 - 1992) at the Lukits Academy of Fine Art in Los Angeles and private studies with Julian Ritter (1919 - 1998).

For the first twenty years of his professional career, Mirich specialized in seascapes and historic maritime scenes which garnered him national recognition and Artist Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. Around 1995 he turned his attention to painting en plein air. He loves the challenge that painting on location brings and to be inspired by his emotional response to nature.

In 1997 he helped form the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony whose mission is to stimulate community involvement in land conservancy by capturing the beauty of open space through art and record it in paintings for future generations.

Stephen Mirich is a Life Member and Past President of the San Pedro Art Association, Signature Member of the California Art Club (established 1909) where he sits on the Advisory Board and served as Vice President (1997 - 2003).

Exhibitions:

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Hollywood, California
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of ARt, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, California
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California
San Juan Capistrano Mission Museum, San Juan Capistrano, California
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, California
Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San Pedro, California
Los Angeles Arboretum, California
Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon
Academy of Arts College, San Francisco, California
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California
Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
Muckenthaller Cultural Center, Fullerton, California
Palos Verdes Land Conservancy, Palos Verdes, California
Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
CAC Gallery at The Old Mill, San Marino, California

Collections:

San Juan Capistrano Mission, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith
Jean and Linda Stern
Peter and Elaine Adams
Oprah Winfrey
Terranea Resort Hotel, Palos Verdes, CA
Los Angeles Country Club