Stella Maria Baer is an artist who, for the last few years, has become known for her paintings of animals (or people) riding on top of other animals. (Perhaps the inspiration came from the years that she spent working as a wrangler on her family’s ranch in Wyoming?) She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico but these days she lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Seth, dog, Fox, and hedgehog, Hegel. (Cute overload. Hedgehog photos here, here and here.) -Amy
About Stella: “I’ve been painting for 8 years. For many years it was a private, nearly secret practice. From 2009 to 2012 I worked for artist Titus Kaphar as a studio and research assistant. For the past two years I’ve been working as much as possible on my own work. My favorite thing about being a painter is the way my work defies my own expectations. Paintings never turn out exactly how I think they will, which puts me in a place of discovery in my studio.”
Image above: “Every morning Fox and I get up around six and go for a walk.”
Image above: “After feeding Fox breakfast, I spend a little time journaling about things I want to make, my current color gravitations, and anything else on my mind. (Crescent moon cup by Small Spells)
See the rest of Stella’s day after the jump!