Artist Steven Long creates a dynamic body of work, presented as a celebration of color and creative energy. Enjoy his portfolio and visit his website for more.
I am an abstract painter. As a young boy I would spend hours perusing the art in art magazines. I appreciate all forms of art, but the abstracts always drew me in. The works by Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvadore Dali and Paul Klee taught me that seeing things differently was really OK.
As an artist, I consider myself to be an infant. I have always dabbled at painting but it was sporadic and non-energetic at best. It wasn’t until I retired from my professional life in 2011 and decided that I wanted to be a full time artist that I began to grow.
A fire was ignited within me like nothing else before. Like a sponge and absorbing everything about art I could find, I began to find my niche as an artist. Each series of paintings I complete benchmarks how I have progressed and grown as a painter.
My work includes texture from both the use of modeling paste and individual layers of paint. I love color, the brighter and bolder the better. A painting may have as many as 20-25 different layers of paint, giving a texture to each painting that can both be seen and felt.
As you can see from my work, my paintings are nonrepresentational and are more about a feeling or emotion about a certain topic. It may not always appeal to everyone, but it is an honest and actual piece of my emotions I felt as the piece evolve.
Not all of my work ends as planned. I listen to music as I paint and I must admit that the music stimulates my creative juices and the painting takes on a life of its own as I am just a passenger riding shotgun in an avalanche filled with color.
It is not until we skid to a stop that I see where we have been and where we might want to go next. Each painting is an adventure.
To the person viewing my work it is my hope that they can see the passion and emotions that I have put into each piece. It is an extension of me, created by that young boy perusing those art magazines oh so many years ago….