Statement: When I look at nature I see geometries. These geometries are chaotic, their structures complex; great masses experiencing extreme pressure, resulting in dynamic action which leads to dramatic fracturing. When I consider great mountains of Colorado I do not regard them as static geologic formations, nor as permanently fixed surface. I perceive restless motion; this action is the basis of my landscape paintings. Action is expressed with a simple yet forceful drawing, which then becomes the framework upon which my painting is based. I consider this the most important stage in the process, and only after the roughing in is achieved do I begin to turn a more analytic eye on my painting and begin addressing problems such as composition adjustment and color. I find light and shadow the best method of defining mass. The delicate, subtle changes of ambient light within the shadows are the most difficult to reproduce, yet the most important. And while the choice of color palette is important, consideration of tonal value essential. I generally work at a large scale, which compliments the visual impact tremendously, and mirrors the expansiveness of the landscape. Indeed it is this initial impact, often perceived from a distance, which draws the viewer into the work, where a more intimate connection between observer and the observed is achieved. About: Prior to his move to Colorado in 2007 Steve lived in Atlanta. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as the Atlanta College of Art. Steve worked as an editorial illustrator and graphic designer during his years in Atlanta. Steve’s illustrations were published in Georgia Trend, Business Atlanta, The Journal of Atomic Scientists, Commonweal, New York Times Sunday Magazine. During the late 90’s Steve began to focus his energies on producing fine art. Although this period saw small production, Steve’s sculptural, figurative and landscape paintings and drawings were shown in Atlanta at the Opus One Gallery, and Lagerquist Gallery, as well as Gallerie des Arte in Sarasota, Florida. Steve moved to Colorado in 2007 and soon threw himself into an intense rediscovery of landscape painting. In 2014 Steve decided he might attempt to bring his work to light. That year he entered into competition and won best of show at the annual Littleton Museum exhibit. A one-man show followed at the Littleton Museum. In 2016 Steve won second place in painting category at the annual Lone Tree Art Expo.