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B. J. has been painting and studying art since she was a child and has degrees in painting and interior architecture. She prefers to work en plein air, painting mostly outdoors on location in and around Santa Barbara.

The majority of her work is oil on canvas, though she is equally at home with acrylic and watercolor painting.

Her contemporary impressionistic California landscapes have been collected throughout the United States and abroad.

bj stapen butterfly beach Four Seasons Biltmore
BJ painting en plein air at Butterfly Beach recently

COTTAGE HOSPITAL SELECTS 9 GICLEE IMAGES OF B J'S WORK FOR THEIR COLLECTION IN THE NEW HOSPITAL'S ART PROJECT OPENING EARLY 2012. 


See BJ'a work in Cottage Hospital 1st and 2nd floor corridors.  Large Giclee prints of these images of Santa Barbara landmarks  and harbor will be available for purchase, as listed in the Giclee section of this site.






SOLO EXHIBITIONS

"COLORSCAPES', Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA  August 2011

SB Off Axis, 2008, 1st Thursday Art Event & Show, Barcliff & Bair, Santa Barbara, OCt-Nov 2009 

Gallery Los Olivos, "COLOR FIELDS", Los Olivos, CA, May 2007

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara Gallery, One-woman Show, 2003 & July 2007

CASA 1st Thursday Art Tours, Santa Barbara, One-woman Show, August 2007

Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, July 2005

AJA Restaurant Gallery, Santa Barbara, Jan - Mar 2005

Faulkner East Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 2003



OTHER SHOWS AND EXHIBITS

24th/25th annual Quick Draw Festival juried artist, Los Olivos, CA, Aug 2010, Aug 2011

"One Night Stand", benefit Art from Scrap, Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, Aug 2011

"Living Mission Project", benefit 225th Anniversary Santa Barbara Mission, Sept 2011

"Plein Aire Painting in Motion 2003-2011", benefit for Land Trust of SB County/Arroyo Hondo Preserve

"7th Anniverary Show", Divine Inspiration Gallery, SB, Aug/Sept 2010

West/SW Region Biannual Juried Oil Exhibit, Oil Painters of America, Waterhouse Gallery, 2003-05-07

“Two Views”, joint show, Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA, October 2007

“Ocean Inspirations”, Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art, Carpinteria, CA , Jun – Aug 2007

“Nature’s Treasures”, Fielding Institute, Feb 2007

Gallery Los Olivos Member Group Show, Los Olivos, CA, Jan 2007

“Heal the Ocean” benefit SBVA , Award, Santa Barbara, Dec 2006

ArtWalk Thousand Oaks, CA, June 2006

Tapas, Vino y Arte, Invited Artist, benefit for SB Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006

ArtWalk Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, 1998-2006

San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, Juried Participant, October 2005

Views from the Riviera, Group Show sponsored by SBVA, El Encanto Hotel, SB, July thru Nov 2005

Festival of Art and Jazz, Juried National Exhibit, SB Courthouse Sunken Garden, October 2004

“Plein Aire Painting in Motion 2003-2007”, benefit for Land Trust of SB County/Arroyo Hondo Preserve

Sonoma Plein Air Festival, Juried Participant, Sonoma, CA 2002



SELECTED AWARDS

Best Oil Painting Award, SCAPE benefit show juried by Jeff Sojka, Santa Barbara, 2006

First Prize, SCAPE show juried by Gary Breitweiser, Santa Barbara, 2002

Finalist, The ARTS Fund, Individual Artist Awards, Santa Barbara, 2002

First Prize, Brushes & Blues Arts Festival, Lompoc, CA, 2000

First Prize, Semana Nautica Show, Santa Barbara, CA, 2000

Multiple Awards, Santa Barbara Art Association, 1997-present



MEMBERSHIPS

Oil Painters of America

SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment, Founding Member)

California Art Club

Santa Barbara Studio Artists

Santa Barbara Visual Arts

Santa Barbara Art Association

Malibu Art Association

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

Recent Paintings

BJ Stapen Plein Air  Landscape Paintings of Santa Barbara County
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