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