Selfie Muse Contest

Posted on May 23, 2017

The Selfie Muse Contest Terms & Conditions

Competition Info:

British Miami-based artist, Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC offer you the chance to become an artist’s muse. The winning Selfie will be the Selfie with the most likes and shares on social media. The winner will received a Sketch of the Selfie portrait by Steph Fonteyn in the form of a sketched portrait postcard. The winner will also receive a voucher to spend on Fine Art Prints by Steph Fonteyn available on

Details of competition:

  1. Take a Selfie photo of your face
  2. Upload it to Instagram tagging @stephfonteyn
  3. Hashtag your Selfie with #SelfieMuseContest
  4. Follow @StephFonteyn on Instagram
  5. Ask your friends to Like and Share your SelfieMuseContest photo!

Selfie Muse Contest Prize

6. The winner will receive two prizes: a sketch of their selfie made by Steph Fonteyn as a postcard and a voucher to spend on Fine Art prints by Steph Fonteyn via

Terms & Conditions

7. The Selfie Muse Contest (the “Contest”) is open to any person (the “You”) over the age of 18 who consents to share their Selfie publicly on social media.

8. To enter the competition You must upload Your Selfie to Instagram by 30th May 2017.

9. You can enter the Contest by uploading Your entry to Instagram. You are responsible for the upload and use of the correct tags and hashtags. Tags include @stephfonteyn. The required hashtag is #SelfieMuseContest.

10. Valid entries are required to be following @stephfonteyn on Instagram.

11. The Selfie should clearly show a front view of your face.

You may send multiple entries to the Contest.

12. We must receive your entry to the Contest by 5:00 pm on 30th May 2017 (EDT).

13. By submitting an entry to the Contest, You give Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC:
a. Permission for your entry to be published on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds.
b. Permission to publish and sell prints of the Prize Sketch on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds and; and
b. The right to use the Your name for the sole purpose of identifying the Your Selfie entry and the Prize Sketch.

Picking the winners

14. The winning Selfie will be the Selfie with the most votes, shares and likes.
15. The winner will be will be announced on or before 31st May 2017. The decision is final and the winner will be contacted via Instagram direct messaging.
16. The winner will be asked to provide their postal address and email address via Instagram direct messaging in order to receive their prize.  The portrait sketch postcard will be mailed to the mailing address provided by the winner. The voucher for purchasing Fine Art Prints by Steph Fonteyn via will be emailed to the email address provided by the winner.

Publishing the winning entries

17. The winning entry will be published on and as well as the artist’s social media channels such as and not limited to: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Getting consent

18. Sending in an entry to the Contest means that You accept these Terms and Conditions, which are the rules of the Contest. If You are under age You must check with your parent or guardian that they are happy for You to enter the Contest based on these Terms and Conditions.
19. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC requires the consent in writing (which may include e-mail) of the author (and that of the parent or guardian where required) of a winning entry to publish that winning entry’s name on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media and
20. If Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC does not receive written consent (which may include e-mail) from the author and/or the parent or guardian where required then she may select another entry for which she can gain such consent.

Other rules

21. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.
22. We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
23. The Promoter of the Contest is artist Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC. Any complaints regarding the Contest should be sent to Collaborative Art LLC.
24. Artist Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest.
25. Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Contest with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC in all matters under its control is final and binding.
26. Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
27. The Contest will be governed by the law of Florida.

Perched on the edge of my seat

Posted on May 22, 2017

This painting was inspired by one of the toughest and unstable moments in my life. It was a major wake up call during a time when i was feeling lost. This chair triggered an A-HA moment that encouraged me to pluck up the courage to take a leap of faith to follow my dreams as an artist. You can purchase a print by clicking here

In 2009, I was diagnosed with post natal depression. It was one of the hardest times of my life. I felt like everything around me was falling apart. During doctor’s visit, I had an A-HA moment. It was literally a few moments after sitting down onto the chair. To cut a long story short,  the doctor challenged me as to why i was “perching on the edge of my seat” instead of “owning the space”. This was the moment when I realized that I had not been taking my place in the world and had been living my life perched on the edge of my seat. If you would like to hear the full story, you can check out my TEDx talk “An Artist’s leap of Faith



It’s easier to let standards slip than readjust them

Posted on May 18, 2017

This artwork was inspired by a comment my husband said recently: it’s easier to let standards slip than to readjust them. It got me thinking about where we stand as society and what values are guiding us. So here is my interpretation that i created as a piece of digital art.

I played with the words “l’m moral” and “immoral” The southern point of the compass is replaced with a $. The ladder (left) represents challenge of readdressing the standards that have slipped and on the bottom right we have the ticking time bomb effect as it continues to head $outh.

This artwork is available for purchase as a print via the online art shop. Thank you!

Art Expo New York

Posted on March 18, 2017

I am excited to announce that my American/Miami inspired Popular Culture paintings will be exhibited at Art Expo New York from 21st April until the 24th April 2017 in New York City, represented by Mecenavie, a French gallery based near Paris. Here is a preview of the insert from the Art Expo NY catalogue.


Online Art Shop is launched

Posted on August 29, 2016

IEinstein phone cover by Steph Fonteyn am happy to announce that customers will be able to purchase my art via the Online Art Shop as from the 29th August 2016.

In addition to prints you will find, phone cases, cushion covers, beach towels, tote bags, shower curtains, duvet covers and more via the Online Art Shop.

This service is provided by Fine Art America and delivers worldwide.

Enjoy & thank you for supporting my art!


Going Coastal

Posted on July 14, 2016

What happens when you move an artist from snowy mountains of Switzerland to the coastal wetlands of Florida? It’s the sunshine state where it feels like summer all year around. It’s hot, humid and tropical. You can find an exotic fruit salad growing in your own back yard and everywhere you go, you see palm trees, coconuts, alligators, iguanas and lizards. It’s surreal, fascinating and inspiring. Imagine the sound of crickets, frog’s midnight singing in the garden, peacock’s calling as they walk across the front lawn, pelicans soar, and dolphins playfully escort sailing boats at sea. Each time I see a palm tree, I pretend that I am on holiday. I wanted to capture this summer holiday feeling, put in my pocket and enjoy it on a rainy day.

Flamingo, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 60″

The “Coastal” series is about capturing the spirit of a tropical summer on canvas. These paintings are inspired by a British girl living in Miami. The  beaches, swimming pools, the Everglades and all that is tropical. “Lighten up your home and soul with these colorful, tropical, coastal inspired paintings ”

Moving to Florida in February 2016 has definitely shifted the energy of Steph’s work. Colorful industrial style still life subjects started to emerge. Inspired by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gerard Richter, Steph focuses more on the playful process of creating an industrial look to her canvases through a layering process, adding and subtracting acrylic paint using knifes, brushes, water sprays, sponges and squeegees to create an urban look. The shift in color palette is influenced by summer light and deliciously tantalizing colors of the tropics.

Where did I put my sunglasses?

Posted on April 26, 2016

sunglasses painting 30x24x1.5inch stephfonteyn
This still life painting of my sunglasses is inspired by my time living in sunny Florida after 10 years in snowy Switzerland.

The first thing that struck me arriving in Miami was the light and the colors. They are food for the eyes. And being sensitive to light, I need my sunglasses. Where did I put my sunglasses? Sunglasses are like keys, we forget where we put them. Sometimes they are actually on my head! I love the metaphor that sunglasses represent: light, sun, holiday, vision, disguise, style.

I love the tropical greens, the blues and turquoises of the pools and ocean captured in the background and how they contrast with the warm colors in the foreground, they just pop off the canvas,

The painting is acrylic on stretched canvas.Dimensions: 30 inches wide by 24 inches high and 1.5 inches deep. (76cm wide by 61 cm high and 3.5cm deep)

Available for purchase on Saatchi Online Gallery.

Beach Bums

Posted on April 21, 2016

This painting is my first large format painting since arriving in Miami, Florida. You can already see how the colour and light is influencing me. I love the tropical greens and pool blues in the background and how they contrast with the warm colours in the foreground. They just pop off the canvas, those cheeky Miami beach bums.

It was a painting of New York that i had lost interest in. Then it transformed into a green Rothko, that transformed into a Richter abstract that became like a Basquiat with the cocktail symbols and finally the ladies arrived and it became a Fonteyn.

Evolution of a painting Beach bums

The painting is mixed media on stretched canvas, mainly acrylics. Dimensions: 200cm wide by 100cm high and 4cm deep. Please contact me directly for a price or visit Saatchi Online Gallery to purchase.

Beach bums painting Steph Fonteyn

On the Everglades

Posted on April 14, 2016

Today’s painting study was inspired by a trip to the Everglades on an airboat. My first encounter with alligators in the wild.

Did you know that the human eye cone is more sensitive to greens than any other color? I am really enjoying seeing the vast range of luscious greens in the Sunshine state. It is food for the eyes!

There is a slight Monet-feel to this painting. Though my palette is more muted than his. “Playing safe, Steph?” a little voice says.

Not sure where the muted grays comes from. Or, do I? Let me think about that. Artist’s color palettes transition with time. I know mine have. They began vibrant and analogous, then they became complimentary and saturated. Then there was a muted grey phase especially during the classic cars and LDN paintings.

I spent 10 years living in Switzerland before Miami. I was lucky enough to be introduced to German artist, Uli Van Neyghem. We shared an art studio for 6 years. So, I call the muted color palette the “Uli Effect”. She is an advocate for using shades of grey, calming nuances and muted colors. Check out her work here.

Let’s see if I get more daring with the colors again. I know my wardrobe is already getting brighter and I love checking out the Anne Klein collection in Macy’s for the lovely vibrant warm colors.