Artist Steve Atkinson
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 is one of the most promising new artists I've seen in a very long
----Joyce Jones, Collector and Bosque Conservatory Board of Directors
"Steve’s landscapes are like an exuberant walk through nature. The brushwork is
lively as it plays across the picture plane, creating energy and revealing
wonderful atmospheric light. His impressionist style lends itself well to his
subject matter as he draws you into his intimate space."
-- An Thompson,
LA Thompson Gallery. Clifton, Texas
Other Artists Say:
"I am really impressed with Steve's work. The guy can paint anything."
-George Hallmark, Artist
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."
"I want to approach each painting in a fresh way. Some paintings ask to be painted in a loose manner with lots of expression and freedom, while others need to be controlled to allow the subtleties of color temps or facial expression to show through. When an artist becomes a slave to their technique, and limits what they can paint, is when their evolution as an artist ends." ---Steve Atkinson
I started painting full time in 2008. Before that I had been an illustrator for the past 25 years. My training as an illustrator has given me a solid foundation for my fine art. The ingredients that make a successful painting are the very same ones that go into making a good illustration. My brushes have opened up a whole new world to me. Now I'm able to make pictures of the things that matter to me. I'm not interested in painting the trendy or the shocking, it's purely about what moves me as an artist and a human being. Hopefully, it's the same thing that moves all of us. I do oil paintings that celebrate the romance of the western lifestyle. Whether it's cowboys or indians, pioneers on rough stock riders, or simply the western landscape. I'm as comfortable painting the figure as the landscape. Really, it's all about the story and emotion behind the painting. The way I handle the paint, my technique, is as important to me as what I paint. To me, good painting has always been as much about how the artist handles the paint, as it is about the painting's message. Hopefully, when you look at one of my paintings, you can tell I had a ball while I was painting it.
I make Prescott, Arizona my home, but grew up in a small steel town [...]
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