Stephanie grew up in the country areas of the New South Wales Central Coast and moved to the Gold Coast in 1997 to be closer to her family. Daughter of political cartoonist Larry Pickering and 1 of 11 children, she enjoyed a colourful and interesting childhood. With a background in graphic design she was a partner in ‘Studio Otto Illustration and Design’ for 12 years before deciding to devote her time fully to painting in 2007. ‘I aim to achieve a sense of visual completeness in my work by exploring the interplay of various elements like contrast, colour, texture and tone. She is interested in the correlation between these elements and our own human traits, and how this can influence our response to them.