"He paints the wilderness with a knowledge and genuineness that can only be expressed by someone who has 'been there'". -Bev Doolittle.
Through Stephen's art, you can travel into a wilderness very few have experienced. You can share the sensation of being in the true outdoors - discovering, studying and enjoying the all-encompassing beauty of unspoiled nature.
Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His inspiring work was inspired, in turn, by the writing and teachings of famous naturalist John Muir. "Muir wrote, 'Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,'" Stephen said. "I know exactly what he meant." Stephen's love of the great outdoors stemmed from a childhood spent in the Pacific Northwest, where hiking in Snake River country was a regular family ritual.
Stephen's desire to share his admiration for the outdoors was strong, but he enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the commercial art field. He started his career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles and soon realized that the call of the wild was stronger than the lure of the city. Returning to Idaho, he spent two years exploring and developing his own style of painting. He continued to discover the wonders of the natural world and of living a natural lifestyle. "All my paintings have their origins in my experience and perception of beauty in the wilderness," he said.
Stephen's first limited edition print was published by The Greenwich Workshop in 1983. In subsequent years, he was a frequent participant in the prestigious international "Birds in Art" show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He was invited to be "Artist of the Year" at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an "Encore Artist" at the 1995 event.
Stephen Lyman actively shared the wonder of the natural world with a legion of collectors until his untimely death in 1996. He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Into the Wilderness: An Artist's Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.
7126/8500 Signed by Artist $270
2603/8000 Signed by his widow Andrea Lyman
First print after his death. $850
6600/9500 Print $3000 (framed)
Shown with frame
In April of 1996, Stephen Lyman was on his 41st trip to Yosemite National Park seeking inspiration for his artwork. He was an experienced outdoorsman particularly enjoying hiking in the Cathedral Rocks area. His footing on wet and icy rock tragically caused him to fall some 30 to 50 ft. onto craggy, loose granite resulting in his death. At the pinnacle of his art career, Stephen Lyman was only 38 years old.