Palio di Siena
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 36"
My art is a reflection of people and places that catch my eye:the interesting composition of a scene, the play of light and shadows, intriguing figures, or the emotion evoked. Most often, the basis for my paintings is a photograph as photography allows me to record what captures my attention. When I take a photograph, I am visualizing the painting it may become. Painting is my channel to romanticize the reality of the photograph, transferring to canvas what I felt and thought about that moment captured in time. The painting transcends the photo to become my interpretation of the momentâ€¦ my representational documentation of it.
I am interested in creating paintings that are visually strong, showing motion and emotion. I have an affinity for figures, not so much the likeness but the resulting forms and shapes;and I have a special interest in musicians, stemming from my respect for their ability to create music and the improvisation inherent in jazz and blues.Much of painting is improvisation.
Whether through writing, music, or painting, artists are interpreting and sharing their inspiration. My inspiration is visual, and I share through my art what I cannot express through words or music.
Steven G. Smith is a native of Ohio where he graduated from Miami University, and studied painting at Columbus College of Art and Design, and photography at Columbus Technical Institute. He has been a resident of San Antonio since 1986. While pursuing a career in the publishing and printing industries he continued to paint and show his work in San Antonio. He was named Artist of the Year 2018 by the San Antonio Art League and Museum, was the artist for the 2014 Jazz Alive poster and has had his work featured in two books as cover art.
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