Artist Steve Sanford

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.stevesanfordfineart.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $140.00 - $560.00
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Steve Sanford was born in West Texas and raised in Colorado where he spent his teenage years climbing, backpacking and bicycling in the Rockies, usually with a sketchbook in his knapsack. His drawings and paintings in high school lead to a full scholarship to art school—Pratt Institute in New York City where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art/Painting. Pratt’s painting department at that time focused on abstraction, and after four years of that diversion he longed to paint pictures again and so began a successful thirty-year career as a freelance illustrator in New York’s highly competitive advertising and publishing markets. All during this time Steve continued with weekly figure drawing sessions and workshops at the Art Students League, School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy of Art, gradually shifting his concentration from illustration to fine art.  
"I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world, by the swift transit of light and color across the landscape.  My eyes are often drawn to the water’s edge, a likely consequence of my childhood on Colorado’s arid Eastern Slope; to a ten-year-old roaming those desert foothills any body of water was magic—mud puddles, stock ponds, irrigation ditches.  Water was life, the place we caught tadpoles and crawdads, snakes and frogs.  But there was more.  Look down into the stream.  Shift your focus to the rippling sky reflected in the pool at your feet and suddenly you’re transported into the clouds, miles above the bank where you stood.  Careful!  Don’t stare too long, don’t lose your balance!  You might fall through the window into the sky."

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