On the Cover

On the Cover

By Staff

Catalyst cover June 2016

Splendor in the Sun, by Stephanie Saint-Thomas.

I was born in Madrid, Spain in 1961, where my artist parents, Diane and Greg­ory Saint-Thom­as loved the warm Span­ish family-oriented people and their history, and then we lived in Paris, France for six years, reveling in the French culture and art.

But, it is in Holland where I fell in love with trees.

Living in Limburg, the southernmost province of the Netherlands, in the tiny hamlet of Valkenburg, our house was surrounded by miles of protected sanctuary. There, as a young child, I explored forest paths for seven years, drawing trees in my sketchbook and imaging myself a nomad in a mystical realm.

IScreen Shot 2016 06 03 at 1.31.18 PMn the winter of 1975 I moved to Utah.

Here, in Utah, my love of trees has deepened. With every hike that I embark on with my husband and our dogs, I learn to see anew., spellbound by tortured beauty in a gnarled tree trunk, a grass clump webbed in raindrops, a stray curled leaf—revealing as much beauty in death as in life, tree roots grasping into earth as if it were their only way to prevent them from flying skyward—their limbs stretched outward to each other in a dance.

Just as the Pando, located in southern Utah, is the heaviest known living organism on the earth, due to the thousands of Aspen trees that are connected in one massive root system—so are we, the human race connected to one another.

It is my art that roots me to this life.

I hope my paintings bring you a sense of wonder and joy. “ —Stephanie

Stephanie Saint-Thomas is among the invited artists in the 22nd annual “Art in Pilar’s Garden” this year. This celebration of Utah’s summer art scene and fund raiser for the Pilar Pobil Legacy Foundation takes place June 10, 11 and 12, 5-9pm at the home of Pilar Pobil, 403 E. 8th Ave. Entrance fee is $15 (tax deductible). Track this event on Pilar Pobil Legacy Foundation’s Facebook page.

This article was originally published on June 3, 2016.