I am a realism artist living in Pickering, North Yorkshire. I moved here in 1971 as a child, from Hebburn on Tyne.
I am a self-taught artist and always had a desire to paint. In part, this was influenced by my father, James Lishman, whose active involvement with his local art community surrounded me with art and artists, ranging from open air exhibitions in the large grounds of our Tyneside home, to evening classes in Pickering.
In my late teens, I spent a period of four years working only in Black and White using Pencil, Charcoal and Pastel and moving on to producing full landscape and marine works in Black and White Acrylic. The importance and time spent without colour proved invaluable for understanding light and tonal value, all of which is apparent in the work I produce today.
In 2002 I went on a new artistic journey painting miniature figures for Table Football, culminating in my designing and creating my own figures. Such was the demand for this work, I turned professional in 2006 and created the Stefan Corda Table Football business.
Having painted and helped others to paint miniatures for 12 years, I stopped painting the tiny figures and in 2014 returned to the bigger canvas.
Working mainly in Alkyd Oil, my work now focusses on light and its many aspects. Being greatly inspired by the works of 19th century artists Ivan Shiskin and Peder Mork Monsted, most of the work I now produce includes water. The effect of light on water and the consequent effects on the surrounding landscapes continues to fascinate and challenge. Having the advantage of living in beautiful North Yorkshire with its open moors, breath-taking countryside and all its rivers and streams, source material is literally on the doorstep.
I am a member of The Vale of Pickering Art Club