By Craig Michaels

As a young child, Stacey Wells remembers skipping rocks on the ocean with her grandfather which would become the inspirations of her early drawings. It was around this time her father died in a plane crash which would later be the catalyst for her mother to take Stacey to Australia which was her father’s dream. With stops in Fiji and Hawaii along the way, she catalogued the sights and colors to later unleash in her vibrant artworks. Combining her love for water, reflections and bright colors, Stacey began doing underwater portraits. Over the years her inspirations continued to grow and evolve with each new experience and adventure.   

Currently a ten-year resident of the Coachella Valley, Stacey admits the desert has inspired her art greatly.  Her series “If These Walls Could Talk” was inspired by the stories told to her by the bartender at the famous Ingleside Inn about the good old days. This Vintage Hollywood pop art series features Icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphry Bogart and the Rat Pack. These large vibrant, acrylic on canvas artworks set the stage for any party, while depicting the story of old Hollywood. She is respected by many in the art world and has had her work displayed in galleries like D Gallery on El Paseo and Carmel. You may have also seen her paintings in ROCK STAR gallery in Scottsdale, just to name a few. She usually paints with acrylic on canvas but has used many other mediums including clay sculpture for which she won a scholarship award.

Besides art galleries, Stacey has found great love in creating unique artworks for client’s homes and spaces. When asked where she gets her inspiration she replied, “I talk with clients about the feel they want in their home and the ambiance that they want to create, we consider size options, color, style and client’s ideas. Sometimes they want to be involved and brainstorm together, coming up with their vision for the space.” Most often people will trust her vision to create something that they didn’t even know they wanted, but love it more than they could have imagined


Her customized artwork is the perfect gift for realtors to give their clients. The art celebrates their new home purchase and is a great way to foster top-of-mind awareness every time someone asks about the artwork.  Custom gift commissions are many times rush orders and depending on the time crunch, she can complete them within 2 weeks contingent on size, details and subject. If you are not in a rush, it usually takes three to four weeks. 

Limited editions start at $350 and go upwards of $2,000 depending on size. Originals are individually priced, depending on size, details and subject. Stacey can create in many styles including abstract and can paint anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless. If you would like more information on having her create a custom painting for you or your clients, you can email her at: