Stephen W. Schwake is an artist who lives in Austin. He mostly makes oil paintings, but also makes prints, drawings, and the occasional sculpture. He makes glass etchings and carvings too. Craftsmanship is vital to his work; his tablesaw is just as important as his best sable brush. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. His influences include, but are not limited to: 80′s skateboard graphics, hot rods, science, especially biology, stained glass, American roots music, mid-century Modern design, art history, and World War II fighter planes.