Local artist painting landscapes familiar to the region | News, Sports, Jobs

Local artist Bruce Stepan Jr., who currently paints local landscapes in the area, paints the Flying Pig Saloon in Salem. He created surreal paintings, still lifes, and portraits of pets, and while studying, he served on a scholarship committee to help auction a painting for the benefit of the Air Force. He would like to continue giving back locally by potentially auctioning off pieces of his work. Stepan uses the brucestepanart Instagram handle and Bruce Stepan Jr. on Facebook to connect with his audience. He broadcasts live while painting on location throughout the county using the local community talk pages. “It’s perfect for doing local landmarks and stuff,” he remarked. Stepan has been painting professionally for 14 years, building on a passion carried since adolescence. He plans to assess community interest before committing to painting local landscapes full time. (Photo from Salem News by Danielle Garner)

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