Welcome to Steppingstone Arts!

A showcase of our original fine art and photography!

We invite you to venture into our portfolios and travel with us through Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the USA.

For more than two decades our fine art and photography have been exhibited in venues around the world, from national parks to grand palaces. 

We are proud to have our creative work collected by museums, universities and people just like you. 

We hope that you will share this website with friends and family. Please contact us for more information about purchasing our work.

Steppingstone Arts also offers workshops and lectures. Please contact us about scheduling.


More About Us ... The Labadies 
We met because of Central America, but we never knew each other there. John was an archeological illustrator, while Margie was an eco-tourism operator. While John was drawing Mayan pots for Boston University, Margie was working with Indigenous peoples in Central and South America. But somehow, through art, we found each other.

Internationally we have been working and exploring together for more than 20 years.
We provide workshops on digital art. We teach photography and design. And we lecture on the history of digital art and creativity. The latest edition of our textbook, Introduction to Digital Art, was released by Kendall Hunt Publishing in 2019. It can be found via the Publications section of this website. It's a great book for college students and those interested in knowing more about the digital arts.

We are forever exploring!
We had some prickly moments on our Artist in Residency in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, and some tasty times sharing meals with new friends in Germany and France. We even experienced the ultimate in contemporary life in Switzerland's Art Basel. We have traveled throughout the USA from North Carolina to New Orleans, from Neah Bay to the Chesapeake Bay, from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the steep hills of San Francisco, and we are still exploring!