Since she was a child, when her severe near-sightedness was corrected, Lois Stephens has been gazing at the world. Still fascinated by the nuances of light, shadow, and color, she works in a variety of media. Her work is currently focused on capturing the beauty of the landscape in oils, especially in her native Giles County and the New River Valley of Virginia.

Stephens has a B.A. from Mary Baldwin College with a double concentration in art and communication. She has more than 25 years' experience as a graphic designer at Virginia Tech, and served as the marketing manager for Continuing and Professional Education until 2014. Her paintings have been featured in several solo shows including the Holtzman Alumni Center gallery and the Hahn Garden Pavilion at Virginia Tech, the Montgomery Museum of Art and History in Christiansburg, and Bluefield College. She currently teaches oil painting for Virginia Tech's Lifelong Learning Institute. Her studio is located the Newport Community Center in an old classroom where gigantic windows flood the space with light.