Born June 29th, 1958 in New South Wales, Australia, Graeme Stevenson began painting and studying animals and even at a young age had a tremendous fascination with the world around him. He began breeding Australian Parrots, and in his teen years took up the ancient sport of falconry. As his interest in art began to grow, he used the birds that surrounded him-his pets- as subjects for his paintings. After obtaining his pilots license, he began to explore the vast areas of Australia, photographing, sketching, and eventually painting the exotic animals of this land. His reputation as an artist began to grow and his one-man and two-man exhibitions were greatly successful. Graeme then began travelling to other parts of the world to study his subjects and to display his work. Africa, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Mexico, Canada, Alaska and the Middle East were some of the places to which he ventured, receiving offers from publishers who produced his works in limited edition. In 1988 he was commissioned to produce all of the paintings for the book The Atlas of Parrots, one of the largest editions of its size in the world. Graeme eventually decided to turn his imagination and his art ability in a new direction. Now living permanently in the United States, he is able to study the many varied animals of America and to produce a series of paintings that enable him to explore different ideas and to present work that also has the ability to tell a story of the subjects that he paints. He also paints fantasy and romantic scenes of mother and child. Graeme has had many one and two man shows in galleries throughout the world and his work has been sought after by many companies such as: The Bradford Exchange,The Hamilton Collection, The Franklin Mint, Impulse Wear Portal Publication, Plymouth Publications, Leannin Tree Inc., Folio Editions, Imprimatur Publishers to name a few.
His work hangs in galleries and many private collections throughout the world. His work has appeared in various publications and he has also lectured to many groups on art and wildlife. Graeme’s work has been bought by a number of celebrities and well known people through out the world. In 2003, Graeme completed two shows in the U.S, both of them designed to help people in our society. Working for almost two years on the Ripple Project, Greame and two other artists produced a series of paintings that were sold to generate funds for various charities. Money was raised for Aids research, Ms research, children’s cancer research and this year the rest of the work will be sold to once again help children in Australia. This project prompted then Vice President Dick Chaney to call and congratulate the artists. Former Senator Hillary Clinton also phoned to congratulate. The Highlight of the show was the acquisition of three paintings by Former President Bill Clinton. Graeme has over the years donated much of his work to assist wildlife and charities.