B. D. Stellmacher, Jr
Lives in Newport News, Virginia
Benford Dwight Stellmacher, Jr. is a multi-faceted creative who began in his early years drawing graffiti, cartoons, and sketching still figures around the house on any piece of paper he could find. For over ten years, Benford's creative tool of choice has been a mouse, which he has used to create unique identity solutions through his graphic design business, Authentic DNA Studio, LLC. He is creative, inspiring, multi-talented, influential, a brilliant artistic mind of substance and innovation, and the embodiment of Kuumba- "doing always as much as he can, in the way he can, in order to leave his community more beautiful and beneficial than he inherited it."
In December 2018, Benford picked up paintbrushes and began expressing his creativity in a brand-new medium. Primarily using acrylics, his confidence and conviction in his artwork grew consistently throughout the years, culminating in establishing his namesake art company, B.D. Stellmacher, Jr., LLC in 2020. His artwork, which spans themes of social justice, music, faith, education, and the Black experience in America, has been received with fervor and praised for its messaging, composition, quality, and uniqueness.
Benford refers to each of his artistic creations as "conversations," strategically intending for each piece to act "as an independent catalyst to an internal dialogue with the viewer." Nearly every day, he is debuting a new "conversation" through canvas that aims to inspire, influence, and impact his audience. As a proud man of faith, Ben views his canvases as a pulpit through which the spirit of God has a voice to speak to the hearts of mankind as they behold the textures, patterns, colors and holistic composition of each piece.
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