Stephen Lucas, Chicago Member Since January 2008 Artist Statement To see my original works of art not offered as prints go to my other site link, It's Up Above.
I grew up in Florida and lived there through out childhood untill age of 12 at which time I relocated to Chicago. I was always drawing and painting in childhood but stopped for some time in my late teens and beacame reaquainted with my love of art in my early 20s of which I then developed a love particularily in painting. Living in Florida in the keys and residing in Chicago for the latter part of my life has fostered a love of nature in many aspects with me which fuels my inspiration.
I spend most of my time with spiritual meditatve practice which does include my time with painting. I enjoy nature shows,movies that uplift the heart and occasional fantasy. I like to spend time in meditation,quiet and walks in nature. I believe in peace and non violence. I love to paint still-lifes,landscapes,birds,scenery in general and spiritual in nature type of scenes and sometimes once in a while portraiture/figures. My favorite medium to work in is oil ,acrylic and occasionally watercolor. I love to work in a somewhat realistic impressionism style in painting type.
I currently reside in Chicago Il. with my spouse living a wonderfully happy life.
I'm a self taught artist who has studied the great masters of Dutch & Flemish realism and impressionists of different eras. Some of my favorites are Vermeer ,The Kalft family,Sargent,Renoir and Monet and David Leffel and Richard Schmid of the current century to name a few. These Greats inspire me to reach for high standard quality painting. Im an artist interested in only one thing,that is to produce original paintings that are one of a kind.
In my paintings both hand made and digital I strive for rich color,and harmony with lighting,hue,shape,edges which I studied in Eastern philosophies in painting regarding color and space and lighting etc. which I apply to Western subject painting techniques and matter. My paintings look great in many settings,formal to country casual,from traditional to contemporary,from American to European and more.
It is also important to me to create beautiful works to uplift ones spirit to serenity, calm and just sheer delight in color and form and how the spiritual quality of light plays on the subject matter creating paintings that transcend the everyday mundane existance of subjects in a world lit with light imparting to the subject a regal existance of validity that in most eveyday life is overlooked by most because of a busy paced world. A painting stops you and can transport you to seeing, really seeing the beauty of existance around you.
I believe that art is an alternative language that is universal. No words are needed. It is as old as time and as relative as the earth is round. I believe in the power of art to conceal, to heal, to reveal and to concieve. My work represents the ever revolving door of the human mind's desire to dream, and imagine, to examine and determine.My work is of me and is me. It has always been and will always remain me and the world as I precieve it. I will continue to create for the pure pleasure I get from creating what is uniquely mine, as it is concieved and birthed in my mind's eye. This is my oath to myself and to all who may find a moment of beauty or mystery in my work.