Nona Stephens is a landscape artist who exhibited an interest in art at the early age of six, entering a Christmas coloring contest of a local department store in her hometown of Forrest City, Arkansas. She won first prize for girls. As fate would have it, her future husband won first place for the boys’ division, although they did not meet until she was fifteen. They have now celebrated over 50 wedding anniversaries and reside in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.
In reference to her painting style, she prefers the much more subtle colors of nature, and fleeting moments of light, especially at sunrise or sunset, and loves the challenge of capturing the “atmosphere”. She marvels, "it is true, everything has a season. So many times an ordinary scene explodes with life and drama in a certain light. I strive to find the magic moment, and may go back many times to a particular scene to study the light patterns at different times of day." Her paintings are referred to as being serene, soft, and calming. Her painting style would be described as representational with a touch of impressionism. But she confirms her painting style is not something she is complacent with. "I will never stop learning on this quest to study about art and painting, or striving at the very least produce a painting which satisfies me. Brush, paint, and canvas have a way of bringing you to your knees. But I love the challenge.” She has both local and national awards to her credit, is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Fine Artists Association, and continues to learn from some of the top artists in America.