Listing Category: Artists
Stephen Heilakka is The Painting Monk. It was the combination of his spiritual and artistic practices that gave birth to what he calls his painted prayers. Working in multiple media, his works are expressions of the spiritual path. Sometimes his work is lovely. Sometime his work is confusing. Sometimes his work is messy. Always his work is a manifestation of the human soul.
Stephen mentors adult students who want to give a deeper voice to their artistic expression. Grounded in the classical method, the student begins with a #2 pencil and simple shapes, studying the drawings and paintings of the masters. With time, the student builds his/her artistic voice on the foundation of the master painters.
Art history has been a life long passion for Stephen. He has led tours at both national and international museums. He is currently a docent in training at the Michener Museum in Doylestown. His passion for beauty and the arts is at the core of his value system.