"But, ironically, I discovered there was creativity in everything.
I found myself in a career where, essentially, I created beauty
products, which happened to be a true intersection of art and
commerce. The art world did not own 'creativty', as I had once
believed as a young architecture student. I distilled my own
style as a business leader, finding myself inspiring others to
create whether it be in product design, the olfactory creation
of a fragrance, finance models, distribution strategies, or how
to harness the collaborative spirit of people to create great
Stelios decided to re-embrace painting toward the end of his
career in business, and designed and built an art studio, which
was an homage to his beginnings in architecture. "My thesis
at Princeton examined taking vernacular architecutre, and
merging it with modern elements in terms of construction, big
spaces, open floor plans, so that the architecture remained
contextual to its surroundings but relevant. I converted a Cape
Cod shingle style structure, called the Old Sculpin Gallery, in
Edgartown, Massachusetts, into a modern art gallery. I did the
same with my studio, which is essentially a barn in my woods at
my home in Martha's Vineyard."
Stelios has been painting the past several years, working in oils
in an evolving geometric abstract expressionist style. "For me,
the process of painting is very intimate, quiet, intense, always
a journey of some kind. I approach the blank canvas with an
idea, a theme, and usually find that the painting assumes a
current of its own, that I simultaneously flow with and control."
"The expression of a visual effect is imbued with some personal
emotion, or casual observation of something in the world that
intrigued me, whether it is an idea, a word, a color, a shade of a
color, a moment."
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