Abbey Stace was born in Philadelphia in 1970. She grew up spending large amounts of time walking through woods, collecting items for terrariums and developing an intense love of nature, space and quiet. She began drawing and painting in college but continued her course in psychology and philosophy eventually applying to medical school. A stint in the morgue at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston made her realize she preferred drawing the anatomy to studying it. She began drawing and painting in earnest with a focus on the figure and portraiture.
She interrupted her practice to raise two children which has resulted in a dramatic shift in perspective. Raising children gave Abbey an appreciation for how little in this world can be controlled. While her early work had focused on realistic rendering, a new appreciation for chance and a curiosity regarding the interplay of natural forces has shifted her focus to an investigation into materials and abstraction. She enjoys the unpredictable myriad possibilities presented by the interaction of a wide variety of materials.