Artist Bio – Stephen Copel-Parsons
Stephen Copel-Parsons has been creating artwork of the downeast region since he first visited the area as a young child. As a young teenager he spent summers in Lubec where he spent his time doing pen and ink illustrations and taking photographs of the town’s waterfront area and nearby Quoddy Head State Park.
Mr. Copel achieved his first studio degree in art from Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts School where he studied photography, video and electronic music production. He then spent nearly a decade as the technical director of the most prestigious art and design school in the United States, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he ran the school’s theater, handled the technical needs of the 17 departments and worked with countless visiting artists in all disciplines. In 1994 Mr. Copel earned his second degree in art (BFA) from the prestigious Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NASCAD) while completing a minor in art history in a single year’s time. Mr. Copel then proceeded to follow this with a Masters in Integrated Electronic Art from Rensellear Polytechnic’s IEAR program where he worked with top electronic visiting artists from around the world on performances and installations.
In 2007 Mr. Copel earned his fourth degree from Bridgewater State College achieving licensure in Special Education working with high school age students with learning disabilities. After teaching in the Attleboro Massachusetts school system for a number of years, as both a special education and vocational graphic design instructor, Mr. Copel has returned to the downeast area to focus on art and music full time.
Mr. Copel’s work in music, performance, video, sculptural sound installations and photography can been found in many international festivals over many years. Mr. Copel is currently residing in Wesley Maine where he has returned to his roots as a pen and ink artist, musician and photographer capturing the landscapes of the downeast region.
Moonrise - Little Seavey Lake, Wesley Maine