Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Stephanie Lee Jackson trained as a classical dancer and pianist from the ages of five to seventeen. At the University of Texas at Austin she majored in Plan II, an interdisciplinary honors program, concentrating in studio art and creative writing. Her thesis was a book of original poetry, supervised by poets Dr. Thomas Whitbread and Pattiann Rogers.
She obtained her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. While living in San Francisco she co-founded Three Muses Artspace in the Mission, exhibited extensively at alternative and interdisciplinary artspaces, and performed as a spoken-word poet and essayist at Alan Kaufman's Wordland, Lighthouse for the Blind, KUSF radio, Sister Spit, the Elbo Room and San Francisco Public Library.
She lived for three years in Guanajuato, Mexico, pushing her artistic and spiritual growth in unexpected directions with the assistance of an international community of artists, musicians, writers and composers. In 2002 she moved to New York City, founding and directing Healing Arts gallery and healing space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Currently she lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, supporting herself as a freelance bodyworker, and painting full-time. She maintains two blogs, The Brooklyn Days and Pretty Lady, where she explores issues of art, healing, and transpersonal spirituality in a myriad of puckish and unexpected ways.
Photo by Barak Yedidia