A Bio (of sorts).

     Steve Foster grew up in the South. The bright orange, glorious South. Where even

the smell of azaleas and magnolias have color. This is where his art began.


     He painted early on from an oil set his mother had given him. Not your normal  crayola set,  especially with colors named Alizarin Crimson. Pthalo Blue. Veridian Green. He played ball and did boy stuff, but art was his sanctuary.


    Steve was self taught as he grew up, copying 50's illustrations and bird calendars. It was an exciting time. He adulated the great magazine illustrators of that day. Fuchs, Whitcomb, et al.  But also the new abstractionists, Pollock. Klein.



    But self-teaching like hypnosis can only go so far. So he grew up a bit and was accepted to a true

painter's college, Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. There he learned the structure of art. Like Color theory, composition and texture. Complex perspective. Human anatomy. He learned the emotion of painting  and how to capture light.

   This is where he developed a style. Thick oils with impressionistic strokes.


   After Ringling, Steve and his wife Debbie also an artist, settled in Atlanta. He worked for the two top art studios as a painter and illustrator. In time they followed the work to Chicago, had a family, and built a thriving studio.


    In the 90's when the computers began to dominate the graphics world  Steve continued to paint. One reason was to stay current with reflective art. Digital had a place as a strong artist tool. And he learned the software and tech needed to reproduce paintings accurately in prints. Digital now plays a big role in the studio's archival printing.


   Chicago work weeks led to Michigan weekends. And several years ago Steve and Debbie turned their Michigan cottage into a full time residence and studio. An artist's dream of a simpler life, and very much laid back.


   "My subjects are simpler now. Cows, dogs. Barns maybe. I like these because they are pure icons that evoke good feelings. For instance, I like flowers arranged as if they'd just been picked. You know, when they're still wet and placed on a table just so with sunlight streaming in. Light is so important. Good art should be simple."


Not that the simple should be ordinary.




" A painter's goal should be to offer a new way to look at things. Something the viewer hasn't seen before. This is not easy. We all fall into the trap of trends. The bravery of safe choices. I'll admit I miss on that from time to time and  I've scrubbed many a canvas, but I do know when I've achieved it.


That's when I try to paint something I haven't seen before."  -sf

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