20"x16" canvas print.
Stern Hatcher has worked in the art, photographic, and video industry for many years. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from Texas Lutheran University and a masters' degree in Art and Technology (ATEC) from UT-Dallas. Stern focused his efforts on making art and photography while teaching. He taught college Art Appreciation and College Photography classes for two Dallas community colleges. While going to UT-Dallas, Stern photographed area gallery shows, took gallery management classes, and was able to show his work. His work hung in The Kitchen Dog Theatre, The Mac, Collin County Community College, Richland College, UT-Dallas, and other venues. He came to Austin 10 years ago and worked as a camera-video specialist and instructor for Precision Camera. Stern joined the Boys and Girls club as a YAI professional practicing teaching artist in 2019. Stern worked as a professional photographer/videographer, a Youth Arts Initiative instructor, and then tried to make a difference as a Boys and Girls Club Director at Webb Middle School. Now, he runs The Paper Plate Gallery, Inc. in North Austin. Stern continuously remains actively promoting new art and photography, running his own photography business, and showing new and established local artists.
My work is a word-salad of imagery. My subjects range from the exodus of shoppers, lightning storms, unusual studio portraits to a tiny spider's dinner. Since 1986, teaching photography has guided my path in helping others, and I have collected many cameras. I pick one and exercise precise camera controls to expose each photograph utilizing available light or portable strobe. I take photos using the creative aspects of learned formal composition with a "Catch-as-catch-can" approach. We all have our phones, but time, experience, glass, and technique are what separates us. My imagery contains vital elements of design, color, beauty, or oddity. The output of my work is attained by utilizing updated software and professional printing techniques. With high-resolution scans or working with raw images, I produce high-quality prints, videos, and canvas art. I do this work expressively, portraying life through the eyes of a passerby. My view of reality follows straight photography traditions, finding art in our personal or alien environments. My current projects include studying alternative fabrics, unusual or non-traditional clothing, and the human form in the struggle of finding the self.