A Michigan artist who has spent his life creating, Stephen Palmer attributes his love of art to an upbringing submerged in creativity; both parents were artists and poets in their own right. Palmer spent his early life in California but moved to the Midwest when he was in the fourth grade. For his mixed media works, Palmer uses everything from old crutches, yardsticks, glass, saws, and other found objects to create intriguing and slightly intimidating fish. His inspiration to transform these bits and pieces has a deeper meaning, too, since “we as humans throw away all this crap and we are doing damage to our oceans”, thus, he is giving life to artistic and real fish by recycling what might have become trash. Palmer's work has been represented in over 30 different galleries throughout the country.