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Artist Steve Atkinson


An example of fine art by Steve Atkinson

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The Artist Says:


"When I paint, I feel closer with God than at any other time I know. What more could anyone ask for?   ---Steve Atkinson



Collectors Say:


"Steve is one of the most promising new artists I've seen in a very long time".   ----Joyce Jones, Collector and Bosque Art Center Board of Directors



Other Artists Say:


"I am really impressed with Steve's work. The guy can paint anything."   -George Hallmark, Artist  "Steve Atkinson is one of a small handful of artists working today that truly translates and communicates the outdoor painting experience for his viewers.  His natural drawing ability coupled with lots of hard work, result in paintings that capture natural light with rich and exciting surfaces.  Steve's journey in art is a pathway we will all enjoy following for many years to come."  ---Scott Myers, Artist



Biography


At my very core, I’m a storyteller and I strive to infuse my paintings with those stories that excite me. Stories of the American west are always front and center. Cowboys, cattle, action scenes and moments of quiet contemplation are what I love. The authenticity of historical scenes or telling the story of today’s working cowboy is where my passion lies. It’s really all about what the painting has to say that makes it personal and unique to me. Most days I can be found in painting in my studio, but I also love to paint on location (en plein air), a practice I’ve been enthusiastic about since I started painting. Without a doubt, plein air painting is the best way I’ve found to become a better painter. Not only does it teach me about being accurate in my values, color, and atmospheric perspective, but it makes me paint through distractions like changing light, wind and curious passersby. You learn to make better decisions more quickly and to trust them. These days I make my home in Prescott, Arizona, in the very heart of the subject matter that fills my soul.
 
When I first started, I was often asked why I paint cowboys. I believe I’m not only painting a way of life that is almost gone, but also a mythology that represents America at it’s very essence. The cowboy code is based on a set of ethics that reflects the best of not only who the cowboy is, but who we are as a country. Things like, “do what has to be done”, “ride for the brand” and “live each day with courage” has helped to weave the cowboy into the very fabric of this great nation. It’s how I strive to live my life, and it’s what I aim to [...]

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