I judge a painting based on one very subjective thing — does it speak. Does it communicate to the viewer something about the place that I felt. Something of reverence, mystery, calmness or whatever else made me decide to paint it. I am not interested in the minutia. I do not care about the blade of grass. I am not painting a photograph, I am painting a place and a feeling.
From an early age I was always interested in visual art. Thirty years ago my wife gave me a watercolor set to get me off the golf course. It worked. I have been painting ever since. My training was in doing. Lots and lots of time with a brush in my hand. I am interested in mood over information. I love the power of simplicity. But there has to be some complexity in the simplicity. It has to be visually interesting. I am not going to tell you everything. You have to join in the process.
That’s it. My name is Steve, and I am a painter. Thanks for looking.