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).